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Bacon: A Love Story: A Salty Survey of Everybody's Favorite Meat

3.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  114 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
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.

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published May 1st 2009)
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Dan Schwent
Jul 07, 2010 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny, nf, christmas-gift
My girlfriend gave this to me as an early Christmas present weeks ago due to my lifelong love affair with a certain salted cured meat. Bacon: A Love Story details the many facets of baconology: the origins of bacon, how pigs have been selectively bred to produce more meat and less fat, important figures in bacon history, and ways to eat the Best Meat Ever. My heart pounded in my chest as I read about bacon wrapped tater tots and other delights, though I don't know if that was bacon lust or my he ...more
R.C.
Mar 03, 2012 R.C. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've always wondered if it were possible to have too much bacon. Then I read this book. Without a doubt, the answer is yes.

I'm not sure why I didn't enjoy this book. The prose was okay. Interesting facts were sprinkled throughout like salt across a strip of bacon. There were intriguing stories—like the one about the Boise street vendor—and tons of tidbits from chefs and producers alike.

Maybe I didn't like it as much due the the author referring to bacon as The Best Meat Ever throughout the book—
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Melissa
May 20, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hooray, Bacon Nation!

First of all, it's great to know that there are tons of equally, if not more obsessed bacon-philes out there. Lauer does a great job of exploring the history of The Best Meat Ever as well as how it continues to rise in popularity through is prevalence in pop culture and fine dining.

The recipes look lovely, although I have yet to try any, and the history is comprehensive, but I still think this book lacks a bit of body, and I think that's because of the subject at hand. Lauer
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Richard Houchin
Unlike bacon, this book is light on substance and easy to forget. The book is at its best when it is presenting interviews of chefs and descriptions of local eateries, but that only accounts for a small fraction of the book's content. There's a lot of potential for a book of this sort that is well researched and hefty with weight, but this book too often goes for repetitive and unconnected comments about bacon being The Best and Don't We All Know That Anyway. Render it down and you're left with ...more
Emily Gilson
This vegetarian remains unconvinced that this book is the best at depicting the history and popularity of bacon. What could have been an interesting read instead was a fangirl's frantic attempts to slap different terms for bacon and "best ever" on the page. Information and facts were recycled throughout in a very disorganized way, despite the book's chapter structure. The only part I appreciated was the resources, which a quick flip-through would help any reader find the perfect bacon-themed res ...more
Stephen
It cannot be said that Heather Lauer's book on bacon is really a "cookbook" when one has to read 112 pages of gushing paean before reaching the first recipe. The recipes included are, however, worth waiting for. To call Lauer a bacon enthusiast is an understatement. She has written the blog BaconUnwrapped.com since 2005. Much of the material in this book is drawn from that blog. She consistently refers to bacon as "The Best Meat Ever" and to the farmers who raise hogs, the processors who cure po ...more
Terri
Sep 14, 2010 Terri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As a serious bacon lover, it's a shame I have to give this book one star, but sadly, a delicious subject does not make for a delicious book.

This book is yet another example of a blog turned book that really did not merit being made into book form. The writing is atrocious, topics and interview subjects repeated in different chapters multiple times, and some of the content was just horrible and did nothing to elevate the status of bacon (Do people really need to read a whole page about the bacon
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Wendy
This was a fun little book, entertainingly written, replete with all kinds of information about the origins of the world's favourite meat. My favourite bit of pork trivia from history relates to the measures taken by old-time Manhattanites to keep the pigs out of people's houses and businesses; they erected a brick wall to keep them in a particular part of the island. And modern-day Wall Street is the site of said wall.

Lots of stuff about the culture of pork, particularly bacon, and how the maj
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Sarah
Jul 26, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am torn between giving this two stars or three - but I suppose the fact that I actually finished it (though, admittedly, I skimmed much of the second half) means I should go with three.

This book...well, I guess my reaction to it can be summed up as "It reads like a blog." I realize the author is a blogger, but I felt like that fact was, somehow, painfully obvious. It wasn't necessarily badly written, but it's clear that the author is used to writing things that are much shorter. The book is qu
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Lindsay
This book is yucky. It's clearly different blog pieces slapped into a book, but not in a good way. I read 25% of it, and that was 24% too much. I'm glad I just downloaded this as an ebook from the library on a whim, because I don't feel bad about not finishing it.
Michelle Rittler
Feb 03, 2016 Michelle Rittler rated it it was ok
As a lover of bacon, I wanted to love this book, but I struggled through it. While the book offered factoids about the different varieties of bacon and a handful of intriguing-sounding recipes, it was not organized very well.

The chapters, by theme, made sense, but the content within each chapter was disjointed and awkward to read through. The book was saturated with praise for bacon, which makes sense given the tome's title, but I felt it was overdone and over-exaggerated.
meredith ann
Feb 29, 2012 meredith ann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
yeah, this book probably should've just stayed as a blog.

at first, a book about bacon was amusing, if not a bit boring on and off. i liked learning about the history of bacon (cause i like the history of pretty much everything). once the writer started making comments about how could anyone be vegetarian and deprive themselves (and insinuating there's something wrong with them, if it's not for religious reasons), i decided it was time to give up on this one.
Greg
Mar 17, 2012 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many reviews of this book make note that this book is better suited to a blog format. I disagree. It is a concise collection of all you ever need to know about bacon in bound format. Maybe even more than you need to know. Sure, I could live without list of hot dog carts in Los Angeles that sell bacon-wrapped hotdogs; but the recipes! Bacon-wrapped tater tots! Bacon-wrapped omelettes! Bacon stroganoff!
Jliongrrrl
Mar 11, 2011 Jliongrrrl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Some of this (ie the history and process of making bacon) was very funny and interesting, other parts read like an advertisement for meat products in a bad Sunday circular. It did contain some interesting recipes that I plan to try. I am pretty sure I could live without knowing that there are bacon lollipops out there though. Perhaps I just don't love bacon enough to fully appreciate this book?
Robert Jordan
This book provides a whimsical account of all things bacon. The author presented some interesting historical and cultural facts about The Best Meat Ever. Also, I found a few very interesting recipes for preparing bacon. I got bored after the first few chapters and skimmed the remaining part of the book. If you love bacon, you will enjoy this book. I did.
Nikki
Jul 03, 2013 Nikki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty dry collectionon of facts about bacon. Some of the recipes and restaurant suggestions might be helpful but otherwise it just made me want to eat bacon, not know where it comes from.
Martin
Jan 11, 2012 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bacon: the gateway meat. Well-written and funny homage to one of my favorite things. Some good info in here too, and I can't wait to try the bacon chilli recipe!
Rick Segers
Aug 29, 2011 Rick Segers rated it really liked it
It's a book on bacon. What's not to like? And to top it off, my daughter gave it to me. There are some pretty good recipes in it as well.
Lance Taylor
May 22, 2012 Lance Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Learn the true meaning of chewing the fat. You'll be hard pressed not to crave salty meat snacks whilst reading this "Bacon Bible!"
Michael
Jun 29, 2009 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eehh. Reads like a blog, not a book. Did not make me desire bacon, which is kinda why I checked it out from the library.
Michael
Jul 24, 2013 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Instead of buying this book, people should instead spend the money on buying more bacon
Iris
Apr 12, 2011 Iris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: white-flag
informative but lacks organization & narrative. had to put it away after 1/3 reading.
Cecelia
Good information if somewhat sophomoric writing
Awjtf
Nov 17, 2011 Awjtf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
lots of interesting info about bacon!
Joao
Sep 03, 2009 Joao marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'll follow a friend's advice
Steve
I am not a baconphile, but I'm enjoying this book written by a friend--and former political consultant. It's history, culture and cooking all in one fairly brief book. You'll learn more about bacon than you ever thought possible and more about the people who love bacon than you ever wanted to know. My favorite thing about reading this book was the reaction from people who saw me reading it. This book claims that there are millions upon millions of people who are bacon fanatics. I've met quite a ...more
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