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The Joy of Smoking and Salt Curing: The Complete Guide to Smoking and Curing Meat, Fish, Game, and More Paperback – Sep 1 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (Sept. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616082291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616082291
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Monte Burch is an award-winning freelance writer, photographer, and author of over seventy-five books and thousands of outdoors and how-to magazine articles. A prolific writer, he sells to markets such as Field & Stream and American Hunter. His books range from building outdoor gear and hunting lodges to hunting turkeys to seasonal patterns for walleye. As a photographer, he has had magazine cover shots on Bassmaster, Sports Afield, and many others.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
So thorough, it should be called "Encyclopedia of Smoking and Salt Curing" Sept. 18 2011
By Barb W. - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Joy of Smoking and Salt Curing is a pure joy to read and learn from! We've been considering purchasing or building a smoker and after reading this book, I'm convinced to accelerate this decision.

Chock full of advice, recipes, step-by-step illustrated instructions and a complete review of smoking and salt curing options and tools, this is an intense and benficial guide.

Overall, a must-read for anyone interested in smoking or salt curing meats, fish, or wild game. I'm totally impressed with the design and content of this book!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Quick and Easy Feb. 9 2013
By Piah Chuck - Published on
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This introduction to smoking and curing is full of photos and some great basic information for the beginner. If you are interested in making your own bacon (super easy) or smoking a turkey (very tasty) this is a good place for you to get started.

It is not an in-depth study of smoking and curing, to be sure. Other books go deeper into the chemistry, processes, and different smoking/curing approaches. But they are aimed at serious hobbyists or people considering smoked/cured meats as a business venture. For the guy or gal that wants to step up the flavor of food they make, not food they buy, this is a great little intro to the equipment and procedures used by most home smokers.

I have both the hard copy and the kindle versions. Either works quite nicely and with Amazon's cloud reader, the less expensive Kindle version can work quite well if you don't mind reading it on your computer. I'll be using some of the recipes mentioned in the book.

It is not the one and only book you will want on the subject, but it is a fine starter.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Bring Joy to the Smoking/Salt Curing Experience Aug. 15 2013
By Sandy M; Focus Reviews - Published on
Format: Paperback
As the title suggests, Monte Burch's book is a joyful introduction to the art of smoking and salt curing. Likely to inspire hobbyists, this book is idea for those who catch wild game or are interested in saving money at the grocery store. Chockfull of instructional color photos, this is a wonderful guide through the basic procedures for smoking and curing.

I found the photos particularly integral to the book, so please check out the visual component to this review. If you have been dreaming of trying your hand at this art, pick up a copy of The Joy of Smoking and Salt Curing and you will not be disappointed!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
pretty bogus May 24 2014
By Sir Mitchery Glenneford Rothell - Published on
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To be sure, there are a number of recipes and some very important facts, but it didn't fit the bill for me. The author is so into pre-packaged ingredients and commercially advertised recipes, at times the book might be confused with a long brochure for Morton Salt or something. This book has the basics, and that's about that. Bummer.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Book Sept. 12 2013
By Allen B. - Published on
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This is a great book, it covers all of the important aspects of curing and smoking that you need to know for home use without a lot of boring technical details that would only be important for commercial use, It's written in plain simple to understand English and is very easy to follow, it also has a lot of recipe's and pictures.