Saturday, December 16, 2006

Food Jargon of the Day: The Piggy Confessional

Coined by Sara Dickerman to describe a growing sub-genre of food writing. "In the piggy confessional, a dead pig—usually killed, butchered, or eaten by the author—provokes a meditation on the ethics and aesthetics of eating." Examples of piggy confessional writing can be found in The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan; Pig Perfect by Peter Kaminsky; and Heat by Bill Buford.