Look! All Things Pig from British TV
The British television network Channel 4 has a fantastic website for all things pork and pig. The site supports the series The Great British Food Fight in which four well known chefs celebrate the very best of British food and explore issues and concerns around animal welfare and the sustainability of small farms and food businesses in challenging economic times.
But it was the Interactive Pork Cut Guide that really caught my eye.
One of the top features is the Pork Cut Guide in which a rather cute pig is shown eating in a field. By simply rolling your cursor over his various body parts, you can highlight a specific cut in red. A single click brings up a brief explanation and links to several recipes. An additional click brings up even more information, including a video featuring a proper butcher who patiently explains each cut. You can also cross-reference the cuts and recipes by cooking method such as roasting or grilling. If you love pork, this is one cool resource!
The website itself is a little confusing and it’s easy to get lost, but it’s worth the minor frustration for all the information to be gleaned. Besides the extensive explanation of pork, there are pages for chicken, beef, lamb, eggs, fish, rice and chocolate. And if all of this is too carnivorous, you can always check out their vegetarian section.
Unfortunately, I haven’t figured out how to view full episodes of the many intriguing food programs, as Channel4 does not offer catch-up viewing outside the British Isles. Curses!