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In this voluminous look at all things bacon, the creator of BaconUnwrapped.com takes her love of pig belly to print. Like its subject, this material is best consumed in small portions; along with anecdotes and opinions from hog farmers, chefs, food bloggers and average Joes, first-time author Lauer also covers topics like bacon production, non-pork variations, and songs devoted to the breakfast meat. Lauer does her best to keep things light, but her relentless cheerleading quickly becomes grating; her phrase "The Best Meat Ever" appears on almost every page. Still, bacon lovers will enjoy (and probably employ) the glut of trivia, including the restaurant chain that first put bacon on a cheeseburger (A&W), the number of states with a town named "Bacon" (six), and alternate uses such as "bacon plaster," assembled with cheesecloth and affixed to one's chest in order to ward off a cold. Even those well-acquainted with bacon will find new recipes like Black Pepper Bacon Chili, Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots, Bacon Bloody Marys and Candied Bacon Ice Cream. Readers who, like Lauer, possess a borderline-obsessive love for bacon are likely to embrace this as their new Bible, but anyone else will quickly get their fill.
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It's salty, smoky, and sweet. It can make almost any dish better. It's bacon, and it's the best meat ever!

In Bacon: A Love Story, popular bacon blogger Heather Lauer serves up a piping hot dish of fun and facts and explores the ins and outs of how bacon finds its way to your skillet . . . and what to do with it when it gets there.

Bacon: A Love Story features

Makin' Bacon
A tour of country-style bacon outfits and their time-honored curing methods and traditions. Includes tips for making your own signature cure.

Bacon Nation
Profiles of bacon-loving chefs across the country who incorporate the meat into their menus in increasingly innovative ways.

There's In This?
More than twenty delicious recipes for tons of bacon goodies like Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots, BLT with caramelized bacon . . . plus a few surprises like Bacon Bloody Marys and Bacon Brownies.

Bacon 411
An extensive resource section on all things bacon.

Bacon fans, prepare to get your pig on!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (June 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006197126X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061971266
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Heather Lauer created her blog BaconUnwrapped.com in 2005 after a spirited discussion with her brothers about the virtues of the best meat ever, bacon. Her bacon adventures quickly caught the attention of a devoted following she calls the Bacon Nation. The popularity of her blog led to her first book, Bacon: A Love Story, published by William Morrow in May 2009. Heather is the owner of Villageous LLC (www.villageous.com), an agency that specializes in strategic communications and public affairs campaign management. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona and Fairfield, Idaho.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lewis Shena on October 16, 2013
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If you're into pig to the degree I am, you'll find yourself out of the frying pan and into bliss upon reading this love story.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 20, 2009
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Bacon fans will definitely want to read all the odd stories, history, and modern uses of bacon in this fun, breezy read. I read it over the course of a few months, just picking it up here and there with a strip of bacon and a hefty glass of ice water, and it was fun to get some new ideas for how to eat bacon, and some definite ideas that I do NOT want to try (Paula Deen's bacon/ beef/ egg sandwich encased between two glazed donuts - EW!). All in all, a fun read for the bacon fans among us...
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on September 11, 2009
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My husband loves bacon and I bought this book for him after seeing an article about it in our local newspaper. He has never laughed so hard! And it's all so true!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Opallu on September 18, 2010
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When I bought this book I was thinking of "Seduced by Bacon", a terrific book. However, this one does not read near as well nor is it attractive. It does have a lot of interesting info about bacon, good for someone seriously into it maybe. However, it did not convey that sensuous, yummy appeal of bacon that is so in right now. I bought it as a gift book also and was disappointed at myself in actually giving it to someone but I certainly couldn't deal with two of them....
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gretel T. Truong on May 12, 2009
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From history to recipes this is a great companion for anyone who loves bacon or is looking to explore the diverse nature of everyone's favorite meat!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Groff on May 12, 2009
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This is a great book, all you ever wanted to know about bacon and then some! It'll be a classic!
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By Linda E Drilling on May 15, 2015
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excellent
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sam H on March 7, 2013
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My boyfriend and I have an inside joke going back and forth about bacon, so for Christmas I got him this book and its pretty fun to read through.
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