Ruhlman and Polcyn explain, in recipes and step-by-step technique illustrations, the craft of making salumi. Once practiced as a matter of survival, Italian salumi is a form of preserved meats, primarily parts of the pig, commonly known as prosciutto, coppa, pancetta, guanciale, and salami in America. On a general level, salumi is easy to accomplish - salt meat and let it dry, slice thin and eat. To accomplish excellence in salumi requires good quality meat then seasoned with 'aromatics,' such as cracked black pepper, paprika, or thyme leaves. Ruhlman and Polcyn begin with detailed instructions on how to break down the whole hog yourself. They then cover the eight main salumi preparations: shoulder (spalla), neck (coppa), jowl (guanciale), back fat (lardo), loin (lombo/lonza), belly (pancetta), ham (prosciutto), and salami (products made from ground or cut pieces of pork). The recipes that follow include the easiest method for a given cut (e.g. bone-in, air-dried shoulder) and an alternative technique often specific to a region of Italy (e.g. palette crudo, a stuffed, cured pig shoulder from Piedmont). The second half of the book describes variations on those eight preparations. Recipes include salumi from other animals, such as a lamb prosciutto with garlic and bresaola, dry-cured beef, a specialty from the Lombardy region. Ruhlman and Polcyn also offer suggestions for eating and serving your home-made salumi. Injected with first-person accounts from both authors, this is a book for adventurous home cooks and chefs who want to make dry-curing a part of their restaurant's production.
Good food writing, like good travel writing, ought to be interesting enough to be enjoyed for its own sake, even if the subject turns out not to be some misty romantic destination or some fabulously exotic cuisine. ...Thus anyone who has ever enjoyed a really good slice of salami, prosciutto, sopressata, mortadella or capocola will thoroughly appreciate Salumi, Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn's comprehensive guide to the ancient Italian art of dry-curing meat. ...The authors unravel... many...culinary mysteries and--along with giving detailed, from-scratch recipes for more 100 varieties of salumi--include helpful information on equipment, prep techniques and ingredient sources. --Aram Bakshian Jr.
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 27th August 2012
Dimensions (cm): 26.3 x 21.1 x 2.83
Weight (kg): 26.2