Dry-cured pork's flavours are a taste of the landscape and climate. The ultimate slow food, it has served as a crucial food source for many cultures. It doesn't need to be complicated to make. Science teacher Hector Kent has written the book he wished he'd had when he made his first prosciutto: one that brings together the critical components of curing in the simplest form possible, with illustrations to assure the reader of safe and delicious results.
Hector Kent has taught kayaking, rock climbing, and most recently, math and biology to high school students. He first began experimenting with dry-cured meats after butchering a pig in Mosier, Oregon several years ago, and has been obsessing about the details and nuances ever since. After using a modified refrigerator for a climate controlled curing space, he recently upgraded to a custom build room in the basement with fully automated ventilation, temperature, and humidity controls. It is currently filled with delicious dry-cured pork. He lives with his family in Woodstock, Vermont.