Cook the Book: 'A Girl and Her Pig'

20120422-202910-a-girl-and-her-pig.jpgTo say we have a thing for April Bloomfield's cooking would be an understatement. At this point calling it a crush would be much more accurate. Starting out at New York's The Spotted Pig, Bloomfield has been serving some of the best highbrow pub fare around: legendary late-night burgers, rustic seasonally influenced plates, and genius boozy brunches. She's gone back to her British roots at The Breslin and opened The John Dory, a fantastic oyster bar with uniquely Bloomfield sensibilities.

When we heard that Bloomfield would be releasing a cookbook this spring, we marked the date on our calender and counted the days until we could get our hands on A Girl and Her Pig. And now we've got it and it's just as great as we had anticipated.

It's filled with all the recipes that made us fall in love with Bloomfield's cooking in the first place along with a deeply personal narrative that lends insight into the process of these wonderful dishes. A Girl and Her Pig is the sort of cookbook that will not only acquaint you with Bloomfield but make you a better cook along the way with her passion for sourcing the best possible ingredients and recipes written in a way that will not only have you creating wonderful dishes but understanding why they work.

This week we have the pleasure of sharing favorite recipes from Bloomfield's repertoire, Spotted Pig classic Devils on Horseback and Deviled Eggs, Gnudi, and a Pig Ear Salad, all taken from A Girl and Her Pig. It's going to be a good week here on Cook the Book.

Win 'A Girl and Her Pig'

Thanks to the generous folks over at Ecco, we are giving away five (5) copies of A Girl and Her Pig this week.

All you have to do is tell us about your favorite part of the pig in the comments section below.

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