Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bourbon and Bacon

Idgie Says: 
Read the description of the book, read the two cute anecdotes I put in the review and then look at Morgan Murphy.  Nothing else needs to be said.  

Bourbon facts, history and recipes involving bourbon.  Bacon facts, history and recipes involving bacon.  Bourbon AND bacon recipes.  

Visits to distilleries, restaurants, barns and the presentation of home recipes are all in here.  Morgan has taken two deep loves of Southerners, combined them into this "tell all" book of stories, photos, delightful places to go and recipes to make and once again created a winner of a book.

Not only do I love the book, I deeply want a smooth bourbon with a side of bacon..... right now.


Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Oxmoor House (September 2, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0848743164
ISBN-13: 978-0848743161

"This is not a diet book," says author Morgan Murphy, who takes readers on a rollicking trip as he explores the South's favorite flavors. A high-proof adventure, Bourbon & Bacon includes 140 of the South's most amazing recipes that use one (or both) of these smoky ingredients. Morgan's collections of cocktails, new infusions, punches, appetizers, main courses, sides, and desserts will be a hit, whether you're hosting a cocktail party, backyard barbecue, or elegant dinner. For bourbon enthusiasts, Morgan rates more than 75 of his favorite whiskeys and takes readers on a cheerful tour of many of the South's top distilleries. Bacon lover? Well, of course you are. Bourbon & Bacon is full of bacon secrets, farm tours, bacon ratings, and tips and tricks to make the best of everyone's favorite meat.

This authentic handbook to the South's most flavorful products has a forward by the two most famous voices in the food industry, Julian Van Winkle III of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery and Allan Benton, of Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams. Together, with Morgan's hilarious Southern tales and irresistible recipes, Bourbon & Bacon is an essential guide for anyone who loves either bourbon or bacon.



Don't believe in gentlemen? Spend an hour with Morgan Murphy. The best-selling author and food critic wears impeccably tailored suits and polished shoes to dinner, habits picked up during his years at Oxford University and service to the U.S. Navy. He stands when a woman approaches. And when his blue eyes twinkle and his cheeks dimple, a hilarious tale is sure to follow. Murphy is the author of the original Off the Eaten Path cookbook and co-author of I Love You--Now Hush. His trademark wit has appeared in Vanity Fair, Forbes, Esquire, The New York Post, and Southern Living, where he served as travel editor, food critic, and national spokesman. Often called "America's funniest food critic," he has appeared on the TODAY show, Fox & Friends, CNN, Sirius/XM, and National Public Radio. There's some iron behind his cigar smoke. Murphy serves as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy and is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with his old dog, Gilbert.