Saturday, May 26, 2007
Ruhlman Inspired Me
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - An 11-year-old Alabama boy used a pistol to kill a wild hog his father says weighed a staggering 1,051 pounds and measured 9-feet-4 from the tip of its snout to the base of its tail.
The boy says he was inspired to kill and butcher the pig himself after reading a book about how to make sausage and "pork belly confit, " by noted culinary author Michael Ruhlman. "After I read Charcuterie" the boy said "I was so hungry for some rillettes or head cheese, I would have killed that hog with my teeth."
The boy's father says he's proud of his son for tracking and killing what may prove to be the largest wild pig on record, but appears to be a bit embarrassed by his son's infatuation with the book, Charcuterie, and charcuterie in general. "I hate that French [expletive], what they ever do for us? Is that Ruhlman guy French, or what? I'm sure I don't know. All I do know is I don't like it."
The boy hopes to be able to overcome his father's resistance to turning parts of the hog into pate de campagne by offering the testicles to Tony Bourdain. "My Dad loves Bourdain. Says he reminds him of The Duke, but skinnier. I figure if we send him the nuts, maybe he'll email dad or call him or something."
Both father and son agreed with a reporter who offered that this story was about more than a story about an 11 year-old boy shooting the world's biggest hog with a revolver. This is a story about how one book, by one man obsessed with pork can alter the course of another person's life. "Before I read Charcuterie," the boy said "All I wanted to do was my PS2. Now I definitely want to be a chef and make pate. Maybe I'll even to go to France where Ruhlman lives and study him."
You can read the real story of the boy and his hog here at Breitbart.