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Bacon: A Love Story: A Salty Survey of Everybody's Favorite Meat Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 12, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061704288
  • ASIN: B003B6525S
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,441,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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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From the Back Cover

It's salty, smoky, and sweet. It's experiencing a culinary renaissance. It can make almost any dish better. It's bacon, and it's the best meat ever. And now, here's the book that celebrates that deliciously sinful strip of cured pork belly.

In Bacon: A Love Story, popular bacon blogger Heather Lauer serves up a piping hot dish of fun and facts with this definitive love letter to what she calls meat candy. Heather 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 methods and traditions. Hankering for some pepper, cinnamon, honey, jalapeño, or vanilla bourbon-flavored bacon? They've got it! There are also 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 Bacon in This?: Heather dishes out more than twenty delicious recipes for tons of bacon goodies like Bacon-Wrapped Tator Tots, BLT with caramelized bacon, Jalapeño-Bacon Pizza, and a few surprises like Bacon Bloody Marys and Bacon Brownies.
  • Bacon 411: an extensive resource section on all things bacon.

Written in a witty, engaging style and brimming with Lauer's infectious passion for the Best Meat Ever, Bacon: A Love Story is a must-read for anyone who loves bacon or is passionate about food.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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 digital strategy and online campaign management. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona and Fairfield, Idaho.

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This book is perfect for anyone who loves bacon.
Jeal
Information is often repeated as you read from chapter to chapter, and it doesn't always feel necessary.
Joel Kramer
I bought this as a gift to a friend that really enjoys bacon.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gen of North Coast Gardening TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Length: 1:55 Mins
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on September 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Groff on May 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gretel T. Truong on May 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MJL on May 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A fun and informative read that is a must have for every bacon connoisseur! Your coffee table will thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IA Bacon on May 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
fact filled fun book - i'll be pulling out some of the great bacon facts and stories at my next party - likely while eating something wrapped in bacon!!
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Format: Kindle Edition
"Bacon: A Love Story" crosses the line from "enthusiastic" to "annoying" sometime around the fiftieth or sixtieth time that the author refers to bacon as "The Best Meat Ever". A collection of smaller essays, the book offers trivia, recipes, and a brief overview of pork farming and the process of making bacon and related meat products, but little thought appears to have been given on how to make the essays work together as a whole collection. Information is often repeated as you read from chapter to chapter, and it doesn't always feel necessary. I also had a concern that some of the information, such as descriptions of businesses and restaurants and their menus, may no longer be current at the time of publication due to the constantly changing nature of the restaurant industry. Bacon enthusiasts will probably enjoy this book, but it gets repetitive for others after a while.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Opallu on September 18, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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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