so I received an email from one of the lovely folks over at Southern Living Magazine, asking me to do a book review for their most recent cookbook “Bourbon & Bacon”
are you serious???
why yes. absolutely. I would love to do a book review…
so I decided to invite my closest friends and host a Bourbon & Bacon Party!!!
I know… I love an excuse to throw a big party…
and drink bourbon…
and eat bacon…
I mean really…
what’s not to like about that?
so here is the book.
About the Book…
BOURBON & BACON:
The Ultimate Guide to the South’s Favorite Food Groups
By Morgan Murphy
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Best-selling author and bona fide Southern gentleman Morgan Murphy is back with a love letter to two of the smokiest and most American flavors known to man, BOURBON & BACON: The Ultimate Guide to the South’s Favorite Food Groups (September 2, 2014; Oxmoor House; $22.95 hardcover).
Murphy—author of the best-selling Southern Living: Off the Eaten Path series and judge on Travel Channel’s new American Grilled—is the first to devote an entire book to pairing the South’s two most indulgent flavors. Both history lesson and cookbook in one, Murphy begins “Part One: Bourbon” and “Part Two: Bacon” with the rich lore and creative process behind both distilling “the great American spirit” and slicing everyone’s favorite “magical” cut of pork. Each section concludes with a collection of Southern Living-tested recipes – with more than 115 recipes in all – for nearly every treat you can imagine: savory and sweet bourbon cocktails by the glass and pitcher; bourbon butters, jams, dressings and desserts; and perfectly baconized appetizers, sides, entrees, and sweets. Along the way, readers find Murphy’s expert tasting notes, his trademark Southern wit, and enough fun to make moderation ride off into thesunset.
Discover the secrets to bourbon’s great American flavor as Murphy walks us through all the liquor’s flavor profiles: grains, water, wood, yeast, and the art of distilling itself. Luckily for readers, his “Bourbon Drinker’s Guide” offers tasting notes for more than 75 spirits. Best of all, he has paired his cocktail and food recipes with “Bourbon I Love” selections. Take the Ol’ Smoky—a classic Old Fashioned variant with orange juice, old fashioned whisky barrel bitters, and woodchip smoke (thanks to a handy handheld smoker). That’ll sip best with a venerable bourbon standby: Evan Williams Green Label. Or you can seriously up the ante with the decadent George T. Stagg Straight BourbonWhiskey—a 128.2 proof, 16-year-old beaut with complex flavors of chocolate, pipe tobacco, and oak.It’s also the perfect ingredient for classic Bourbon Balls—pecan halves, powdered sugar, butter, and 1/3 cup of the good stuff, all doused in melted chocolate. If that doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, the Double Chocolate Chip Cookies with Bourbon Ganache certainly will, with Heaven Hill Old Style Bourbon (90 proof) in the filling chosen for its strong fruit notes and mellow oak flavor.
Murphy matches his bourbon expertise in the second half of his book with a “Bacon Lover’s Guide”—the ins and outs and tasting notes for 14 of the country’s best purveyors of bacon. After taking the reader through a “Pig Map” of the hog’s best cuts and the secrets to preserving the meat—be it salt rub, wet cure, or smoking—Murphy saddles up for a host of decadent party starters, side dishes, and mains. Bacon Wrapped Potatoes with Queso Blanco Dip will take any tailgate by storm, made best with Loveless Cafe’s hickory smoked Nashville cuts full of candied fat for a sweet and salty balance. The epic Bacon-Covered Roasted Turkey makes for a next level Thanksgiving feast, and with “Pig Candy” like Bacon-Bourbon Caramels and Bacon-Bourbon Caramel Popcorn, you can finally live out Murphy’s dream (and yours) of working bourbon and bacon into every meal.
Expertly written and always, always fun—with clever asides and famous bourbon and bacon quotes interspersed throughout—BOURBON & BACON is the perfect book for spirit experts, pork connoisseurs, and eager novices alike. For anyone looking to indulge in the good life that is Southern cooking, Murphy is a hilarious, trusty, never-failing guide. Do as Murphy says, “Entertain friends and those you love in the grand Southern tradition of it’s not done till it’s overdone.”
About the Author
Travel writer, food critic, and humorist Morgan Murphy, a former Southern Living executive editor, has written for Forbes, Vanity Fair, Esquire and The New York Post. With his easy-going charm, Murphy has been featured across numerous national media channels including USA Today and The TODAY Show in support of his previous books, the successful Off the Eaten Path and Off the Eaten Path: Second Helpings. Murphy holds a masters degree from Oxford University. A veteran of the war in Afghanistan, Commander Murphy serves in the U.S. NavyReserve and works for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Southern Living celebrates the essence of life in the South, covering the best in Southern food, home, garden, and travel. Reaching more than 16 million consumers each month, Southern Living connects consumers with the region’s rich culture through a variety of print, digital, mobile, tablet and event platforms. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the rapidly expanding Southern Living brand is part of Time Inc., one of the largest content companies in the world and the largest publisher in the United States. Time Inc. is a Time Warner company.
Oxmoor House is an imprint of Time Home Entertainment Inc., a Time Inc. company, and publishes books and special edition magazines for Time Inc. brands such as Southern Living, Cooking Light, Health, and Sunset. Oxmoor House publishing partnerships also include Weight-Watchers, Gooseberry Patch, and Weber. With more than 300 back-listed titles, it is recognized as one of the leading lifestyle publishers in the country. Oxmoor House books are distributed to the trade by Hachette Book Group and are available wherever books are sold. More information is available atoxmoorhouse.com.
Southern Living BOURBON & BACON: The Ultimate Guide to the South’s Favorite Food Groups
Oxmoor House, September 2, 2014
Now back to our party…
We started the day with some skeet shooting at my dear friend Chad & Ashley’s home in Seaford. They are a ton of fun…
Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin
Derby Mint Juleps
Coastal Crab Cakes
Bacon Mac & Cheese
Heirloom Tomato Salad
The Menu from the Bourbon & Bacon cookbook:
Bourbon & Bacon Mashed Potatoes
Big, Bad Bacon Mac “N” Cheese
Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin with a Bourbon Peppercorn Cream
Pork Tenderloin with Apples, Bacon, Beer & Sauerkraut
here’s to bourbon…
and good friends…