Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn inspired a revival of artisanal sausage-making and bacon-curing with their surprise hit, the excellent (The Ecomist) Charcuterie (ISBN 978 0 393 05829 1). Now they delve deep into the Italian side of the craft with Salumi. Ruhlman and Polcyn give recipes for the eight basic products in Italy's pork salumi repertoire: guanciale, coppa, spalla, lardo, lonza, pancetta, prosciutto and salami, and they even show us how to butcher a pig. This book provides a thorough understanding of salumi, with 100 recipes and illustrations of the art of ancient methods made modern and new.
Michael Ruhlman has written and co-authored many best-sellers, among them The French Laundry Cookbook. Brian Polcyn is the chef/owner of Forest Grill in Birmingham, Michigan and a professor of charcuterie at SchoolCraft College, Michigan.