National Pork Board Releases First-Ever "Cooking For Comfort" e-Cookbook

Recipes from Chef Michelle Bernstein and others use pork in comfort food favorites, old and new

Nov 07, 2013, 14:09 ET from National Pork Board

DES MOINES, Iowa, Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether or not there's a chill in the air, those all-too-familiar cravings for a little taste of comfort have returned… and the National Pork Board has just the thing to help people across the country get cozy: its first-ever "Cooking For Comfort" e-Cookbook. Featuring time-honored favorites and new twists on classics from James Beard Award-winning Chef Michelle Bernstein, BBQ expert and author Ray Lampe and 10 leading food bloggers, the free cookbook highlights some of the tastiest ways to warm up with pork.

"Most of us probably have a favorite comfort food dish – it's filling, hearty and even a little whimsical. Above all, it's a dish that makes you feel good," said Chef Bernstein. "We compiled this cookbook to honor all the ways you can use an ingredient as versatile as pork to create that quintessential feel-good dish with both generations-old and modern-day cooking techniques, as well as soothing, savory flavors."

"Cooking For Comfort" Free e-Cookbook
Perfect for any occasion that calls for a heart-warming meal and full of delicious ideas that highlight pork, "Cooking for Comfort" includes:

  • Two recipes from Chef Michelle Bernstein, including Chorizo and Cheese Empanadas with Avocado Crema. Bernstein, who learned how to make empanadas from her mother at the early age of 8, made them her own by adding homemade chorizo.
  • A modern pork twist on a classic favorite with Ray Lampe's Pork Noodle Soup.
  • Two recipes each from 10 leading food bloggers, like Ali Ebright's Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops and Jenny Flake's Ham and Cheddar Green Chili Breakfast Sandwiches.
  • A selection of comforting favorites from the National Pork Board infused with modern twists, like BBQ Pork Mac n' Cheese.
  • Individual anecdotes, photos and videos that reveal each recipe's special significance.

The first 15,000 people to download "Cooking For Comfort" in November will receive a coupon for $1 off fresh pork, with another 10,000 coupons available starting December 1. Visit for a free download.

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About the National Pork Board
The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, technology, swine health, pork safety and environmental management. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or check the Internet at

About Michelle Bernstein
Since the pivotal Mango Gang era in the late '80s and early '90s, almost no other Miami chef has made as big a splash on the national culinary scene as Chef Michelle Bernstein. A Miami native, this passionate culinaire has dazzled diners and critics alike with her sublime cuisine and a personality as bright and vibrant as the Florida sun. "My food is luxurious but approachable," says Bernstein, a James Beard Award winner (Best Chef South 2007) and author of "Cuisine a Latina" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2008).

SOURCE National Pork Board