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An inadequacy of cookbooks

I had thought I owned quite a decent range of cookbooks these days, but today, they have failed me. As far as I can tell, i do not have single cookbook which suggests ways to cook pork belly. As I kept flipping through book after book, I eventually recalled that pork belly is nigh impossible to find in the US. None of my NA cookbooks had recipes, but I thought surely, surely, the British ones will. But no.

I am not lacking in ways to cook the meat: various brochures from Olive and the packaging of the meat itself offer up suggestions. There's always the whole wide internet. Still, I am feeling as if my cookbook collection isn't quite up to snuff today.

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sioneva
Apr. 12th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
This, re: commodities. I suspect the pathological fear of fat in Americans is part of the reason for the complete absence of recipes in your average American cookbook.

It's SO hard to find pork belly here. Graham's trip to our local GIANT Asian grocery proved unsuccessful and the Korean H-Mart about fifteen minutes' drive north of us only has strips of pork belly, which is definitely not the same as a full pork belly roast (although we made do).

owlfish, we love this recipe. I know you've got lots of Internet out there, but I thought I'd pass on our personal recommendation for reference!
owlfish
Apr. 12th, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
Clearly I will need to cook pork belly once a week for the next several in order to try all of these! Thank you for the recommendation.

Thank you for backing up rumor with experience, in terms of the availability of pork belly in the US.
innostrantsa
Apr. 12th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
I'm going to second H, though the availability of pork belly roast here (Austin area) is perhaps a few percentage points better, due to the increasing Korean and Vietnamese/Hmong populations.

Generally, an Asian grocery (or Mexican-- there's a chain in TX called Fiesta that caters more to Mexican and South American needs) is the place to go for at least a few of the more truly obscure meat cuts.
targaff
Apr. 13th, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)
Mmmm, pork belly. I used to be able to get a big slab from Asda for a fiver...

The other pork belly recipe we tried was this one from The F Word, which was similarly delicious. I used to have the original recipe off the website, but I appear to have lost it somewhere along the line. I'm sure you can find it online if this version doesn't do the job.