Beautiful Pigs: Portraits of Fine Breeds
Andy Case & Andrew Perris
St. Martin's, 2009 (2009)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ho would have thought pigs came in so many varieties or could be so appealing? U.K. rare pig breeder Andy Case and photographer Andrew Perris make an excellent case for
in their charming gift book.
speaks of his own interest in traditional pig breeds, and of raising both
(raised for their parts to be sold and eaten) and cosseted '
pigs bred for the show ring
'. The back of the book includes a
of porcine terminology, as well as references to
Shows & Associations
n his Introduction (which begins with Churchill's '
I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals
'), the author speaks of porcine intelligence, pigs' strong maternal interest, adaptability and playfulness. He addresses domestication of the wild boar by settled farmers; development of the breeds; breeds worldwide; all the aspects of showing of pigs; and keeping and caring for pigs.
he remainder of the volume offers two page displays (a background summary,
, boar and sow
Origin and Distribution
on one, with a color photo on the other) of different breeds. They are categorized under
offers candid shots of the world's leading pig shows.
rather like the look of the
, but you will find your own favorites. Some, like the
White Vietnamese Potbellied
, are downright strange, while others look more or less like like the plump, pink critters we expect from the word
. Overall, author and photographer bring home the bacon in
, which would make a suitable gift for any piggy collector on your list.
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