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Maynard: Secrets of a Bacon Curer

Fans of Maynard will be delighted to read his further adventures in bacon curing. The last of the traditionally-apprenticed bacon curers, the author regales and inspires his readers with tales of

  • visits from the health inspectors
  • his colourful customers and work colleagues
  • his tips on curing, smoking and selling
  • the burglaries, bungled deals and triumphs
  • his growing reputation in the field
  • travels to learn how to make parma ham

and much more.

This book is the same addictive concoction of humour, tragedy and plain common sense, told in Maynard's disarmingly frank manner.

Author: Maynard Davies
ISBN: 9781873674932
Published: June 2007
Format: 216 x 138 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 176
Price: £9.99

Maynard: Secrets of a Bacon Curer by Maynard Davies

Press reviews

Reviewed in The Oldie Magazine in September 2007

'There are many setbacks and it paints an honest and occasionally harsh picture of real life in the countryside – thieves, criminal gypsies, grasping contractors, fraudulent clines et al. But it also offers a heart-warming account of Davies’s vocation: to keep alive the rich tradition of English bacon. A hidden gem.'

Reviewed in Country & Border Life in August 2007

'An unexpected hit. I'd recommend it to anyone.'

Reviewed in Shropshire Star in June 2007

'Shropshire's Maynard Davies is the last of a special breed of food craftsmen.'

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