The book is filled with both realistic and wonderfully fanciful illustrations of pigs that illuminate everything you could possibly want to know about the extraordinary family of Suids, from their origins and evolution, rich social lives, and combat strategies, to their special relationship with truffles, popularity in art and literature, and increasing use today in cutting-edge medical transplant technology.
- ISBN-13: 9781588342164
- ISBN-10: 1588342166
- Publisher: Smithsonian Books (DC)
- Publish Date: November 2004
- Page Count: 208
- Dimensions: 10.14 x 7.88 x 0.78 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.88 pounds
The allure of pigs
Okay, so maybe you don't know anyone whose true pet passion is the pig. That should not deter you from picking up The Whole Hog: Exploring the Extraordinary Potential of Pigs, a lovelyyes, lovelybook from the Smithsonian Institution.
This well-researched and beautifully illustrated volume is crammed with facts about pigs, from the domestic pink pig to more exotic varieties. Author Lyall Watson displays a charming enthusiasm for swine (his childhood pet was an orphaned warthog called Hoover in honor of his vast appetite), and the book is chock-full of his own pig anecdotes from decades as a zoologist.
Watson's love of this highly intelligent animal is contagious. "There is something cryptic about them," he writes, "a mystery waiting to be resolved, a sense of intellectual potential that will not be denied, no matter how hard some people try to relegate them to the farmyard as ignorant 'oinkers.' " Read this book and you'll never look at bacon the same way again.
Amy Scribner is a writer in Olympia, Washington.