Olympia Provisions: American Charcuterie (Cookbook Review)

by - November 16, 2015

Hey guys!

I've got another cookbook to review for you today and the obsession continues....

My newest cookbook is slightly different from the others for two reasons. 1. The difficulty level on this one is slightly more advanced. 2. This one is mainly about meats and the process of preserving them, plus there's no desserts whatsoever in this book, which if you know me, you know I love desserts and that makes me a little sad.

I have to point out the fact that this book is gorgeous. Even the front cover is stunning. Each page of this book is filled with yummy recipes and beautiful pictures.

If you're like me and you are an amateur in the kitchen, then this book is gonna be super advanced for you. Especially if your knowledge of slicing and preparing meats is almost non existent. Still, it's worth checking out because the recipes are so delicious, even if you managed to mess up a little bit with the meat, you're still gonna be coming out with a tasty concoction.

Also, Elias Cairo and Meredith Erickson (the authors of this book) guide you step by step with instructions to everything from meat making safety tips, charcuterie tools and equipment to how to scale using percentage charts and information about nitrate & nitrite. And of course we also get a little back story on who they are and how they started.

But enough about that. Let's get on with the recipes shall we?

Here are some of my favorites.

Duck Confit & Rilettes

Hand Pies

Quail En Gelee

Parsley Pecorino Sausage

This was hands down my favorite page out of the entire book. I love a good hot dog but these here are not just any old regular hot dog.

There are 19 different hot dog varieties to try and each one sounds and looks more delicious than the last.

Op's Frankfurter Specials:

  1. Reuben

  2. Hound

  3. Greek

  4. Etouffee

  5. Mac n cheese

  6. Chile Relleno

  7. Sonoran

  8. Broccoli and cheese

  9. Sweet and Sour

  10. Rapini

  11. Poutine

  12. Pickled Egg Salad

  13. Caesar

  14. Portland

  15. Breakfast

  16. Chicken Fried

  17. Creamed Corn

  18. Philly Cheese Dog

  19. Enchilada

This book is a meat lover's dream. The recipes as well as the photos look and sound mouth watering and there's plenty to enjoy in this cookbook/autobiography.

Interested in buying this book? Click here.

Again thank you for reading my review of my latest cookbook and leave me a comment below telling me your first impression of this cookbook.

*** I received this book from blogging for books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are completely my own.***

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  1. This cookbook and review made me really hungry! Lol!

  2. This looks like such a pretty cookbook!!!

    hayli at haylidejong.com

  3. As a vegetarian this doesn't really relate to me, but I am glad it's so good!

  4. This book looks so great! I'm a sucker for a cookbook with awesome photography and a unique topic. My boyfriend is obsessed with preparing meat and looking at your favorite recipes, this looks like a great Christmas idea for him! Thanks for sharing this post :)

  5. Oh em gee, those do look amazing (+ more advanced, so the lazy side of me is a little sad, haha). Alll those crazy hot dog variations! *-*

    I hope my cookbook decides to show up soon! ;_;

  6. The hot dogs were my favorite!! Has it arrived yet?

  7. Nope. :[ I emailed em' earlier this week, but will try emailing again! :O