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A classy yet irreverent cookbook-slash-scrapbook featuring techniques, recipes, and essays about the history and personalities behind Portland's top-notch meat company and its American charcuterie.
ELIAS CAIRO is the owner and salumist at Olympia Provisions. Born in Salt Lake City to a Greek family who loved to butcher lamb and goats utilizing Old World preparations and technique, Cairo started cooking at a young age in his father's restaurants and at the age of twenty began a European apprenticeship in Switzerland. Over the next four years he was taught classic butchery and charcuterie by renowned chef Annegret Schlumpf. In 2009, Cairo started Olympia Provisions, Oregon's first USDA certified meat-curing facility. MEREDITH ERICKSON is co-author of the James Beard nominated book The Art of Living According to Joe Beef (2011), as well as Le Pigeon (2013). Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Elle, enRoute, Monocle, Flare, and Lucky Peach, among other publications.
"Being French, I know how important well-done charcuterie is to everyday life. Olympia Provisions is a wonderful journey through the simple yet complex recipes that have made it a craft throughout time. Visually stunning and conversationally informative with personal stories, notes, and tips, it is a tribute to charcuterie's versatility and cultural prowess, and the restaurant recipes only make me hungry for more." --Daniel Boulud, chef/owner, The Dinex Group "Portland's Olympia Provisions has been making some of America's best charcuterie for years. Elias Cairo is the man behind it, and he has written a book that explains not only how he has been creating this food, but the whys that make it so good. This is a great resource for anyone who wants to explore the craft of charcuterie, with fabulous recipes and gorgeous photography." --Michael Ruhlman, James Beard award-winning author of Ruhlman's Twenty and Charcuterie "Olympia Provisions is so much more than a charcuterie, just as its cookbook is so much more than simply a collection of recipes. It's a love letter to the craft of curing, smoking, and fermenting; a passionate family story, rich in history, technique, humor, and lots of good food. Elias Cairo's utter adoration for cured meat is not only inspiring, it's infectious!" --Gail Simmons, food expert, TV host, and author of Talking with My Mouth Full