Beyond Bacon Left Me Breathless

I am a lover of beautiful things and something beautiful—stunningly gorgeous—came in the mail this week. 

Maybe it's the graphic designer in me that drove me to write this review without even trying a recipe in the book. Yep, I think that's it. Seriously people, Beyond Bacon: Paleo Recipes That Respect the Whole Hog is a feast for the eyes AND for the belly. 

So here I am reviewing a book without even test driving it—but I feel okay with it (my kitchen is packed up anyhow ... we are moving .... weeeee!), because I am certain ... CERTAIN ... that if you have an appreciation for all things pork (and not everyone does and that's okay, too), that you will love this book and will read it cover-to-cover in one sitting

Authors Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry are the voices behind the blog Paleo Parents. They are witnesses to the healing power of food—clean food. They were featured here on Lexie's Kitchen a couple years back to share part of their story

This soon-to-release title is a vast departure from their first kid book Eat Like a Dinosaur. They call Beyond Bacon the grown-up version of how they see food. I appreciate it because it encourages the consumption of humanely raised meats and shows you how to use every part of the animal—from nose-to-tail—a lost art. It also goes into some "serious science on the health benefits and 'hazards' of pork and saturated fat," and delivers some recipes that will knock your socks off. I felt stuffed just reading the book—it's all pork my friends—all pork. I can't wait to show it to my husband. I am thinking belated Father's Day gift?

For a taste of the book, here is a recipe for Asian Short Ribs. Pretty pictures. Pretty (and easy to follow) layout. Don't you think? It leaves the designer in me swooning!

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Hats off to Stacy and Matthew, Victory Belt Press, and food photographer, Aimee Buxton. Stacy, your book design direction and photo styling just blew me away. Simply amazing cookbook folks!

Beyond Bacon releases July 2, 2013. Pre-order now!