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The Pork Roll Cookbook

originally published: 08/20/2015

The Pork Roll CookbookWith summer coming to a close, we thought it was a good time to tell you about a cookbook with dozens of recipes to help you enjoy New Jersey’s favorite sandwich — pork roll.  While traditionally eaten on a hard roll with an egg and cheese for breakfast, a cookbook published earlier in the year offers ways to expand the food’s recipe range.

The Pork Roll Cookbook was created by Jenna Pizzi and published by Cider Mill Press.  The book is a celebration of pork roll, the food developed by John Taylor of Trenton in 1856, which was rarely available outside of New Jersey until only recently.  The book explores the history of this food and features more than 50 recipes to try, including Pork Roll Hawaiian Pizza and Pork Roll Jambalaya.  Recipes, contributed by Trenton Times food writer Susan Sprague Yeske, include ways to use pork roll in appetizers, main dishes, breakfast, and dessert.

Notice the title of the book says “pork roll” instead of “Taylor Ham.”  The book does get into the famous debate which divides the state in half with the north using “Taylor Ham” and the rest of the state using “pork roll”.  Pizzi sides with the pork roll crowd for obvious reasons.

“I believe the package says pork roll,” explained Pizzi.  “Even on Taylor’s packaging the product is called pork roll and it is not technically ham, so it would be wrong to call it such.”

This is the first book by Pizzi who was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Burlington County.  After spending a few years covering Trenton for the Times of Trenton, she is currently a reporter covering Wilmington for delawareonline.com.

“While I never ate pork roll at home, it was something that my aunt, who lives in Bucks County, would make for us at breakfast when I slept over at their house,” recalled Pizzi.



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Pizzi researched the history of pork roll, how it got its start in Trenton and how it became a staple for many in the area.  She interviewed chefs and foodies to learn how they use pork roll and what it means to them.  The book also gets into the Pork Roll Festival, which started in 2014 and has become an annual event in Trenton.   

Thanks to the Internet and websites like jerseyporkroll.com, people have been able to get pork roll shipped anywhere in the United States; however, Pizzi doesn’t see it becoming America’s breakfast food anytime soon.

“While it would be great to see pork roll on refrigerator shelves throughout the country, I think it is doubtful that the trend would travel much further than the Mid-Atlantic region,” said Pizzi.  “The pork roll manufacturers have tried several times throughout their long history to expand their distribution of pork roll, but it never caught on.”






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(NEWARK, NJ) -- Next in line for the L+M Lecture Series is "I See Myself in You:" A Conversation with Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas, moderated by Rutgers University–Newark (RU-N) Professor Salamishah Tillet. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the lecture hall of Express Newark (54 Halsey Street-Room 213, Newark, NJ) on Friday, December 14 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. A joint book launch of Willis's In Pursuit of Beauty: Imaging Closets in Newark and Beyond and Thomas's All Things Being Equal will follow the lecture. The evening will culminate with an after party featuring a photo session with Akintola Hanif and music by DJ Fauzi at Shine Portrait Studio.


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The Pork Roll Cookbook
With summer coming to a close, we thought it was a good time to tell you about a cookbook with dozens of recipes to help you enjoy New Jersey’s favorite sandwich — pork roll. While traditionally eaten on a hard roll with an egg and cheese for breakfast, a cookbook published earlier in the year offers ways to expand the food’s recipe range.

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An Interview With  Meagan Brothers

An Interview With Meagan Brothers

Meagan Brothers is the author of the young adult novels Supergirl Mixtapes, which was a 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults nomination; Debbie Harry Sings in French, which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, won a GLBT Round Table ALA Award, and was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age; and her latest, Weird Girl and What’s his name.


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Event calendar
Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018


MUSIC

ALAN SCARDAPANE @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:00pm


THEATRE

Elf, The Musical @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 2:00pm

The Night Before Christmas Carol @ The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCCArts), Branchburg - 1:00pm and 7:00pm

A Christmas Carol @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:30pm


KIDS

The Shoemaker & the Christmas Elves @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 10:30am


MISC

Sam Darnold Meet & Greet @ iPlay America, Freehold - 5:00pm






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