Friday, November 13, 2015

Olympia Provisions: Cured Meats and Tales from an American Charcuterie by Elias Cairo

Olympia Provisions: Cured Meats and Tales from an American Charcuterie
Olympia Provisions: Cured Meats and Tales from an American Charcuterie 

   Large and impressive, this slate-toned hardcover cookbook is sure to delight a variety of chefs and adventurous spirits. With the unique design on the cover and the rustic photographs inside, this book is not only great for women but men as well. It would make a perfect Christmas gift for someone this holiday! The book seems to be in depth and detailed, covering a variety of meats from sausage to salami and smoked delicacies and even fermented and dry-cured creations to more comprehensible roast meets and  sides. I was surprised by the amount and wide selection of recipes contained within the large pages of this book! Even included are sides such as english muffins, gravy, salads, and sauces! There is no way any meat lover will be disappointed by this book! 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks!

A rigorous exploration of what American charcuterie is today from Portland’s top-notch meat company, featuring in-depth techniques for crafting cured meats, recipes from the company’s two restaurants, and essays revealing the history and personalities behind the brand.

Portland’s Olympia Provisions began as Oregon’s first USDA-certified salumeria, but it has grown into a mini-empire, with two bustling restaurants and charcuterie shipping out daily to all fifty states. In his debut cookbook, salumist and co-owner Elias Cairo dives deep into his distinctly American charcuterie, offering step-by-step recipes for confits, pâtés, sausages, salami, and more. But that is only the beginning. Writer Meredith Erickson takes you beyond cured meat, exploring how Cairo’s proud Greek-American upbringing, Swiss cooking adventures, and intense love affair with the outdoors have all contributed to Olympia Provisions’ singular—and delicious—point of view. With recipes from the restaurants, as well as extensive wine notes and nineteen frankfurter variations, Olympia Provisions redefines what American charcuterie can be.