Men's Health Chef/Pigsplosion

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The June 2009 issue of Men's Health has a whole series of articles under the banner "Eat Like a Man" — notable pieces include a "13 Places to Eat Before You Die" piece by Anthony Bourdain (St. John, el Bulli, French Laundry, Per Se, Le Bernardin, Katz's, etc) which isn't online, and a scare piece on the feminizing effects of soy.

But most impressive is the piece "The Beauty and the Beast" (no photos online) in which the author Matt Goulding got his hands on a 230-pound Berkshire pig and got Nate Appleman, chef and owner of A16 and SPQR restaurants in San Francisco, to break it down. Goulding writes:

We'd scatter it, all right. But not to hide anything. My goal was to discover the full potential of the animal, so I sought out a range of chefs with a diverse collection of culinary skills to cook the entire beast, part by delicious part, and along the way we'd taste all the ways the world prepares pig for dinner.

The super-impressive lineup of chefs cook their respective parts:

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  • Head: Michael Anthony (Gramercy Tavern)
  • Shoulder: Pete Daversa (Hill Country)
  • Chops: Akhtar Nawab (Elattaria)
  • Loin: Wylie Dufresne (wd-50)
  • Shanks and Trotters: Lidia Bastianich (Felidia)
  • Belly: Seamus Mullen (Boqueria)
  • and Organs: Michael Psilakis (Anthos)

And then they all sit down together, bringing their respective dishes, and put the pig back together again for a final meal. Chefs are profiled, breeds are described, recipes are shared, all in a nicely-designed package. Go print media!

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