It was on the topic of pigs and pork. I do love the stuff. Chops, ham, bacon.....oh BACON! So many ways to enjoy and serve this yummy food! One of my friends (Kurt of the background photo) sent me a photo for a meatloaf wrapped in bacon. It was delicious! My first meal back in the states was grilled chops. YUMMY!
When I saw the article about 'Herod's Pig', it drew me in. The history of where things originate are always intriguing. One of my favorite books is 'A History of the World in 6 Glasses.' Another is 'By the Sword'. I am looking forward to finding the book the article in LongReads was based on, 'Lesser Beasts'.
In this excerpt it wanders into many aspects of pig. I honestly had never heard of 'privy pigstys', I didn't know how much the Roman Empire adored pork, and how the schisms between Romans and the Jews appears to have had quite a bit to do with this 4 footed animal. Reading further, I learned that pig was a sacrificial animal. Somehow, I missed this in history. I was also surprised to think back to other fictional literature where a sacrifice is needed. Pigs are not used. The 'unclean' theory has even reached out to fictional worlds and cultures!
The latter portion of the excerpt should not have been read before making dinner. But, I admit, taco salads are much less stressful than the images this line conjures, "Romans had a taste for blended milk, blood, and flesh that could make even a Gentile shudder."
I've never written a review about a book I've not read. I only hope I can GET this book sooner than later. Our library sometimes doesn't have access to books I'm looking for, even with the loan systems I use regularly.