Book Review (and Signed Copy Giveaway!): Beyond Bacon – Paleo Recipes that Respect the Whole Hog

27 Jun

Congratulations to Abby F. who won the giveaway!

It’s with great pleasure that I take a minute and review Beyond Bacon: Paleo Recipes that Respect the Whole Hog, written by my friends Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry (also known as the Paleo Parents). It’s the epitome of what I have been waiting to surface out of the Paleo world: a classy, beautiful, and relevant cookbook that holds its own against traditional cookbooks on the market today.

Beyond Bacon is a Paleo book with a lowercase “p” – the fact that the recipes happen to be Paleo takes a backseat, letting the dishes speak for themselves (and trust me, they can and do speak for themselves – more on that in a second). It’s the kind of book you’d expect people to buy only to find out later that it’s a book based on dietary restrictions.

The book addresses an issue found in many real-food communities – what happens if I buy a whole pig? What do I do with all of these extra parts? Matt and Stacy break everything down: why buying a whole hog is a good idea, what tools and skills you’ll need, and, most importantly, how to cook every part of the animal.

The book features the breathtaking food photography of Aimee Buxton – you wouldn’t believe it, but this was her first foray into food photography. Every recipe is accompanied by a beautiful, vibrant, and mouth-watering photo.

I had the opportunity to test some of their recipes while they were writing the book, and I was immediately impressed with how well Matt and Stacy did their research; the ingredients and cooking methods are perfectly fitting for each dish. Simply put, these two know their way around a pig.

Some of my favorites are their grilled cubed pork kabobs, cracklin’ pork belly, and their “corn” dogs, all pictured above. Their “corn” dogs were the first time my son has had a corn dog, and he was immediately hooked. And don’t get me started on their desserts. I’m not a dessert guy for the most part, but I could eat my way through that section in a heartbeat.

I realize that I’m being overly gushy about Beyond Bacon, but I think it merits the praise. I love its singular theme and scope, approachability, and design – simply put, it’s taking Paleo cookbooks to a new level of credibility in the cooking world.


And finally, I’m hosting a giveaway for a copy of Beyond Bacon, which has been lovingly signed by Matt, Stacy, and Aimee!

Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

Sign up for my newsletter (on the right sidebar of this page), follow my RSS feed, or follow the social media site of your choice (facebook, twitter, pinterest, tumblr, instagram, google+). You can follow as many (or as little) as you’d like – you decide how you want to receive your Domestic Man updates! Be sure to leave a comment on this post letting me know what you did, so I can record your entry.

The giveaway ends midnight Saturday, June 29th (EST), and I will select a winner using a random number generator on Sunday. Good luck! Giveaway limited to US and Canadian residents.

141 Responses to “Book Review (and Signed Copy Giveaway!): Beyond Bacon – Paleo Recipes that Respect the Whole Hog”

  1. Sean June 27, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    followin ya instagram, thx!

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    Hey Domestic Man! I get your newsletter and follow you on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest! I need to try the cubed pork kabobs and “corn” dogs when I win this giveaway ;)

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  9. Adri June 27, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Hi Russ,
    I’ve been following you through the newsletter and now on FB :) I love the theme of this book. Coming from Brazil we love the idea of using all parts of the animal for cooking. The pig’s feet go to our national dish, the feijoada!
    We are moving to Ireland in August and I’m looking forward to having our local butcher. It is a fun idea trying recipes from different parts of the world with a twist.
    Thanks for your recipes, they delicious and exciting!
    Adri

  10. Vera June 27, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Hey Cuz, I’m related and not entitled to win the contest. But I/we follow you on FB, Twitter and in the flesh! Pigs – what’s not to love?

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    Done

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    I follow you on Facebook and Google+. I also subscribe to your newsletter. This book looks amazing, defiantly going on my wish list.

    • Nia June 27, 2013 at 11:19 am #

      Actually don’t worry and take me out of the competition. I didn’t realise you had to be in North America. Maybe another time.

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    Following on FB, pinterest and already receive your newsletter. Love your recipes. I already actually have this book on preorder, just waiting for it to be delivered

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    Hi Russ, I receive your e-mails and I have posted on Facebook. Looking forward to trying some of these tasty dishes.

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