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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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,830,062 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.

Customer Reviews

There's really nothing loving about 'bacon'.
Philippians 4:13
The book is boring, badly written, dull, meaningless- i would totally recommend that you dont bother with this, its a complete waste of time and money.
Mr. Si Hampton
This book is perfect for anyone who loves bacon.
Jeal

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
Absolutely disgusting. If you are going to write a book about meat then do include all of the facts. How they are raised (normally in crates unable to move), what happens to the babies that are weak (smashed into the floor) and then how they are killed This needs to be graphic, no animal wants to die for the sake of your taste buds.

Now even if I didn't care about animals everyone knows how bad bacon is for your health anyway so why on earth you are promoting it is beyond me.
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11 of 15 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Si Hampton on October 13, 2014
Format: Paperback
The book is boring, badly written, dull, meaningless- i would totally recommend that you dont bother with this, its a complete waste of time and money.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cat on October 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
I detest any promotion of murder of animals. The story of cruelty for taste is egregious.

Did you know that pigs are smarter than dogs? Do realize the horror of torture, enslavement and unimaginable pain and suffering pigs endure for your taste? Would you eat your dog if it tasted like bacon? Apparently people taste like bacon so..... would you torture, enslave and murder people for your taste buds?

Animals breath air like us, having emotions and feel like us and experience the worst horrors inflicted by man so you can eat on their corpses.

The only good thing this book is good for, is starting a fire.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By seakitten on October 13, 2014
Format: Paperback
More like a story of animal suffering, abuse, and murder! Horrible!
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7 of 10 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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joel Kramer on September 8, 2014
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J Oseckas on October 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
Another book advocating the speciesist ideology that involves the exploitation, abuse, and violent killing of other animals. We've all been indoctrinated with this harmful ideology and attitude. It's time we, if we want to be a civilised society, evolve and leave eating the flesh of others behind us. There are plenty of kind and compassionate alternatives to supporting abuse and killing. See [...] for more details on how to switch to a kinder, more earth friendly, and healthier life.
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