Everything but the Squeal: Eating the Whole Hog in Northern Spain

Everything but the Squeal Eating the Whole Hog in Northern Spain John Barlow self confessed glutton found himself in a tricky situation living in one of the most meat loving places on earth married to a vegetarian The Barlows live in Galicia the misty green nor

  • Title: Everything but the Squeal: Eating the Whole Hog in Northern Spain
  • Author: John Barlow
  • ISBN: 9780374150105
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Hardcover
  • John Barlow, self confessed glutton, found himself in a tricky situation living in one of the most meat loving places on earth, married to a vegetarian The Barlows live in Galicia, the misty green northwest corner of Spain, and home to a population that reveres and consumes every part of the pig This gets Barlow thinking about the nature of our relationship with fooJohn Barlow, self confessed glutton, found himself in a tricky situation living in one of the most meat loving places on earth, married to a vegetarian The Barlows live in Galicia, the misty green northwest corner of Spain, and home to a population that reveres and consumes every part of the pig This gets Barlow thinking about the nature of our relationship with food what s delicious, what s nasty, and what sort of obligation we have to the animals we eat Over the course of one glorious, bilious year, Barlow vows to eat everything but the squeal In his travels, Barlow takes part in the thousand year old antthrowing festival of Laza He makes pig bladder puddings for carnival He washes down lots of pork with lots of wine In the tradition of Calvin Trillin and Anthony Bourdain, Everything but the Squeal is an adventure in extreme eating, a hilariously quirky travel book, and a perceptive look at how what we eat makes us who we are.

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    1. John Barlow

      John Barlow s prize winning fiction and non fiction has been published by HarperCollins William Morrow, Farrar, Straus Giroux, 4th Estate and various others in the UK, US, Australia, Russia, Italy, Germany, Spain and Poland.His current project is the LS9 crime series Set in the north of England, it follows the life of John Ray, the half Spanish son of crime boss Antonio Tony Ray The series will eventually comprise nine novels tinyurl 76qt9sj tinyurl 6pa2b5d John was born in West Yorkshire, England, in 1967 He worked as a musician before studying English Literature at Cambridge University and language acquisition at Hull University After teaching English for several years, he moved to Spain to write full time, and has been there ever since He is married to Susana, with whom he has two sons They currently live in the Galician city of A Coru a.Apart from writing fiction, he also works as a ghost writer and journalist He has written for the Washington Post, Slate, Penthouse, Departures Magazine and The Big Issue, and he is currently a feature writer for the award winning food magazine Spain Gourmetour John s first published work, a novella, won the Paris Review s prestigious Discovery Plimpton Prize in 2002 He went on to publish a collection of novellas, EATING MAMMALS, the novel INTOXICATED, set in the late nineteenth century, and EVERYTHING BUT THE SQUEAL, a food travelogue about Spain He then published the off beat noir novel WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO JERRY PICCO under the pseudonym Joe Flores, before embarking on the LS9 series, which is scheduled to take him a decade to complete.John has also worked with the conceptual artists goldin enneby on their AC PHALE project, which has so far taken him to Nassau, Bergamo, Oslo and London, and into the company of Bahamian off shore bankers, defamation layers, prize winning artists, and Martina Navratilova His writing for the project has been published variously in English, Italian, Spanish, Swedish and Portuguese, and has featured at numerous art shows galleries in the UK, the US, Canada, Brazil, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Italy.The novel HEADLESS, based on the project, is scehduled for release in 1212.

    960 thoughts on “Everything but the Squeal: Eating the Whole Hog in Northern Spain”

    1. ¿Qué puedo decir? Leer un libro de viajes gastronómicos por tu tierra natal debería producir un poco de desazón, al ver tus costumbres reducidas a tópicos y cuestionadas por un viajero apresurado y lleno de prejuicios. Después de leer este libro ya puedo decir que es una excepción: el señor Barlow es un gallego que decidió nacer un poco más al norte, cruzando el mar.Mi vida transcurre en las coordenadas en las que realiza su viaje, en la Galicia rural que desaparece lentamente. Soy a [...]


    2. An enjoyable and humorous read through what you should call the un-Spain, Galicia. Barlow, an Englishman, is married to the lovely Susana, a Gallega, and they live in Coruna with their son, Nico. I bought this book based on Nancy Pearl's recommendation. I'm glad I did. In Barlow's quest to eat everything from a hog we are subjected to a vivacious zest for all things Galician. My wife's family comes from Galicia and I'm ready to visit there and even possibly retire there. One of the only things t [...]


    3. This book may be the most accurate and comprehensive analysis of contemporary Galicia, even this is not the author's main will. From politics to economics, that failed country in NW Spain is presented here with huge amounts of irony and, at the end, good willingness. It is also a book about Galician gastronomy (this is actually the main topic), focused in all the different shapes of this pork-biased culinary culture.Maybe some readers would think that there is also a completely forgotten fish cu [...]



    4. This was OK, but it had a real chance to be better. Hidden behind the gimmick of eating every bit of the pig is a book about Galicia's history, culture, and people. Parts of it were really interesting, and I found the constant lengthy descriptions of gluttonous ingestion of bits of pig a distraction (in fact the first chapter, in which he claims to have eaten cocido long past the state of satiety made me feel sick). It would be quite hard for a vegetarian to read this book, so he's restricting h [...]


    5. A charming, witty little book, but slightly less sparkling than it has the potential to be. I found it a bit too specialized: I’m very glad to know more about the Spanish province of Galicia, but apart from the occasional memorable chapter, all the rain-soaked, pre-industrial hamlets started to run together after a bit, signs that the net might have been cast a little wider. My main problem, though, was that so much of the charm – actually, the very existence – of this book is predicated o [...]


    6. Dear Mr. Barlow,I have just finished reading your book, Everything But the Squeal, and I am writing to tell you how much I enjoyed it: I enjoyed it a lot. I feel like I am especially qualified to enjoy this book. In college, I studied for 6 months at the Universidad de Santiago. I got there in January and it didn't stop raining really till about a week before I left in late May. It was a joy to read about Galicia, a region that doesn't get a lot of press. While I was there I learned quite a bit [...]


    7. I love food writing, but I particularly like it when its humorous, and John Barlow is humorous. He is smart, snarky, and sarcastic, and I found myself laughing out loud.“No one knows what to say when you tell them you're a writer. It's like shaking someone's hand and farting at the same time.” [pg 132]Born in Britain but now living in (equally damp and green) Coruña, in the Spanish region called Galicia, which has more in common with Portugal and Ireland than the rest of sunny Spain, the au [...]


    8. First I must apologize to Robyn - the author pretty much describes the serious business of raising and eating pigs in all sorts of ways - at home, restaurants, festivals, etc. Its quite the book for carnivores or anyone who appreciates bacon or pancetta. And its another entry into the "What I did last year" genre. The author is a Brit living with his Spanish wife in the Galicia-region of Spain. Apparently the Galician's are crazy for pigs and let very little go to waste (everything but the squea [...]


    9. This gastro-travelogue screams: "pork enthusiasts only!" And, okay, perhaps it would be difficult for those who lack my love of bacon to understand why traveling around Galicia eating local pig delicacies would be of interest. Barlow is a British transplant with a Galician vegetarian wife who gets to know his adopted homeland better by trying to eat every part of the pig possible - which, yes, includes innards! I am not going to run out and eat roasted heart now, but I admire his dedication.The [...]


    10. This book is a hard one to review. Its basic premise is in the quest to eat all parts of the pig the author journeys through Galicia, Spain's northwestern province and a very distinct region of the country over the course of the year. Parts of are fascinating, describing a people, area, and customs about which I did not know anything. Moreover, Barlow loves what he is writing about, which always helps in the travelogue genre. That said, the writing can be a little amateurish at times, which is f [...]


    11. I started this book over a year ago and just couldn't get into it. I picked it up recently, and for some reason, it was like a totally different book to me. Part travelogue, part history book, part restaurant guide, part cookbook, and all interesting. I don't know why I didn't like the book when I started it last year, but this time around, I found myself picking it up every time I had a few minutes to spare.


    12. I struggled with this one. The authorial voice is a bit too arch, the tone too memoir-like for what is ostensibly a book about eating pigs. He almost lost me when he mentioned the brand of his notebook, and there were several other digressions that had nothing at all to do with pork. It wasn't at all what I was expecting, the quality of the writing didn't knock me out, and I was not engaged by any of it.


    13. I really enjoyed John Barlow's stories of eating his way around Galicia, his adopted home in northern Spain. Great local color and description of the people and area, and he doesn't get bogged down in the food too much. He does cover the whole gamut of pig-based preparations, from festival food to high-end restaurants to his own cooking. Made me want to visit, which is what a travel/food book should do


    14. This cheeky novel written by a Brit over attempts to gross you out in his attempt to eat every part of the pig possible. I chose this to learn more about Galicia and indeed I did. His historical ramblings were the most interesting parts of the book. The over the top description of some of the pig parts I glazed over to get to the good stuff. More history, less gross out would have been wonderfulBut - if you want to learn about Galicia in a light hearted read - I recommend!


    15. Part food/travel memoir and part Barlow’s musings on Galicia, this book is an easy, humorous read. Barlow not only includes the reader in his hog-eatin’ journey, but also provides a look into Galician history, culture, and politics. While the book felt disjointed at times and I do not eat pork myself, I found this to be entertaining and a nice rainy weekend book!


    16. I'm visiting the less well-known province of Galicia in north-west Spain soon, and an search for Galicia found this title. As the title suggests it's mainly about the food of the region, but it gives a flavour (no pun intended) of the place. Entertainingly written but vegetarians or squeamish meat-eaters should steer clear!


    17. Great writing on many of the individual pieces, and really evocative of a place. I wish there was a bit more of a tying-together at the end (he seems to just run out of steam), but other than that, I really enjoyed it.


    18. This was a great idea, and the beginning was fantastic, like a travel/food memoir, but in the middle it started getting into too much exposition of history and the first person voice was lost. It's a shame, I didn't finish the book, was about 1/3 the way through.


    19. The book is a skillful mix of reporting on the food of Galicia, reportage on village life, and the expat experience with plenty of humor mixed in. My favorite chapter was Dirty Day in Laza, which described the primitive, powerful, and humorous village rites for Entroida (Carnival).


    20. Nicely done, although a little scattered at times. I read the nook version (I don't know about the hard copy) which had no picture section even though the author repeatedly talks about all the pictures he's taking. Where are they?


    21. Read this a couple of years ago now but LOVED it. I wish I had good ideas like this and the ability to write about it so well.


    22. an interesting culinary romp through Galicia, Spain; and I learned that there are quite a few famous Galicians, many of whom I found surprising




    23. I really liked this book. Many laugh out loud sections. His style of writing reminds me of J Maartin Troost.You'll enjoy this is you like travel writing and exploring the roots of our food.



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