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The Bacon Cookbook: More than 150 Recipes from Aroud the World for Everyone's Favorite Food Hardcover – October 8, 2007
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“there is nothing standard about Villas book…shows the versatility of bacon…Vegetarians beware; these dishes could prove too tempting.” (Independent, September 13, 2008)
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A couple quick notes:
(1) Keep in mind that because this cookbook is about bacon, is dedicated to bacon, and is gourmet, it's going to all for some specialty varieties of bacon. Granted the introduction tells you a bit about how to work around this but the recipes will also say that it won't be the same without some specialized type of salt-smoked bacon only made in Western Canada.
(2) While most of the recipes are ones that are sure to please, quite a few of them also call for organs -- liver and kidneys. Be warned.
The book begins with a comprehensive introduction on bacon that tells you almost everything you would want to know. It discusses what bacon is, the history of it, international styles of bacon, how to buy and store bacon, etc. It also has a pretty extensive list of mail order sources for premium bacon if you want to go beyond what can be purchased in your area. It was pretty exhaustive and enlightening. The only thing I wish it had covered was recipes to make your own bacon. This is what would have taken the cookbook from 4 to 5 stars for me. It would have been especially great to have recipes for some of the artisan and more unique bacons called for in the recipes incase you cannot find them in your area.
The rest of the cookbook covers recipes for appetizers, breakfast, soups and chowders, salads and sandwiches, casseroles and stews, main courses, vegetables and fruit, pasta and rice, breads, and desserts. I was really impressed with the breadth of recipes offered in this book. You'll find some great classic American recipes in here, but there are also dishes that draw from international cuisine as well as fusion dishes. I really appreciated that there were a lot of recipes here that I hadn't seen in any other cookbook (and I have a pretty extensive collection) so even if you have a lot of cookbooks you won't feel like you've seen everything in here before.Read more ›
I am lucky enough to live in a place in which I can get a pretty wide variety of bacons, including Eastern European and Asian, but not so lucky looking for the different bacons of Canada or the British Isles (including Ireland). That means I have to order online, something I'm a tad reluctant to do with perishable foods. That's my problem and my loss, though, not the author's.
The greatest fault I find with the book is that in many recipes, bacon is used in trivial amounts--two slices for six people? They're recipes for dishes that use bacon as an accent, not the featured item. I'd have like to have seen more recipes for things like boiled bacon or confit of bacon.
But, if you love bacon, you really can't go far wrong with this book!
Many of the ingredients for these recipes (including the called for varieties of bacon) can be hard to find or quite expensive depending on where you live. Other recipes are fairly common and things most cooks are likely to already have in their repertoires in some form - bacon cornbread, cobb salad, bacon & onion studded mac and cheese, etc.
If you like bacon, this book is well worth flipping through; you're almost guaranteed to find a couple new treasures for your recipe collection. If at all possible, however, I'd recommend checking out what kind of bacon selection is available in your area and flipping through a copy of the book at your local bookstore or library before buying to make sure it's worth your while.
The book includes more than 150 recipes. A handful of them have photographs included; these aren't complex pastries that you need to see to understand, and there are certainly enough to tempt your tastebuds. The paper is glossy and will stand up well to abuse. The layout is clear and easy-to-read. There's an extensive index to both recipes and information. Plenty of information about different kinds of bacon is included, and recipes range from simple two-ingredient affairs (bacon-wrapped dungeness crab legs!) to somewhat more complex dishes (clams casino). I don't think anything in here is over-the-top in its complexity.
I absolutely loved the eggs in bacon cups (another two-ingredient recipe!), as well as the Philippine adobo. I can't wait to make more!
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To the folks who wrote an "anti-bacon" review...GET A LIFE!!!...IT'S A BOOK ABOUT BACON!!!
(If you don't like where it comes from...THEN DON'T EAT IT!!! Read more
Awesome book for bacon lovers like my boyfriend and I. I was hoping for more of a bacon central theme like bases or sauces. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kristi
Is there anything that tastes Better than Bacon?!! If there is, I have never found it!! If you love bacon as much as I do, Oh Brother, will you EVER LOVE this cookbook, the way I... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Joan E. Wear
have wanted this for a long time, who doesn't really love bacon (truthfully) so I finally decided to buy it. bought another one called LARD. OMG!! Not sorry. Thank youPublished 18 months ago by Lenore Blueford
I've tried several of the recipes in this book and they have all been great - though probably not the best choice if you're looking to watch your weight/cholesterolPublished 23 months ago by Alli D.
Got this item as a gift, the recipient seemed to really like it and recommended it to others. . .Published on January 31, 2014 by Joshy G