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Crispy, salty, smoky, sweet—who can resist the allure of
bacon? Certainly not food writer extraordinaire James
Villas, who's been beguiled by bacon since he was a boy.
Now, in this paean to pork bellies, Villas offers 168 ways
to savor the flavor of bacon—and proves once and for all
that bacon makes every meal better.
Ranging across America and around the globe, Villas gives
you scores of intriguing and delicious ways to enjoy bacon
that will take you well beyond familiar favorites such as
Cobb salad, quiche Lorraine, and spaghetti alla carbonara
(though you'll find delectable versions of all of these
dishes in the book). You can sample enticing American
regional specialties like California Hangtown Fry and Iowa
Bacon and Onion Casserole Bread, or feast on a wide range of
toothsome international dishes, including Swiss Potato and
Bacon Cake, Irish Hot Pot, Philippine Adobo, Chinese Lion's
Head, Equadorian Pumpkin Soup, and Portuguese Egg and Bacon
Pudding. With recipes for appetizers, breakfasts, soups,
salads, sandwiches, casseroles, stews, main courses,
vegetables, pasta and rice, and even desserts, you'll
discover just how versatile—and forever satisfying—bacon can be.
In recent years, the variety and quality of most supermarket
bacon have improved immensely, and many premium American
artisanal bacons, as well as delicious fo-reign ones, are
now available at finer out-lets and online. Villas provides
a complete taxonomy of today's bacon, explaining varieties
such as French ventrèche and German Speck and explicating
the differences between American, Canadian, Irish, and
Chinese lop yuk bacon. Best of all, he offers a complete
list of sources to help you discover this world of bacon
If health concerns sometimes make you feel guilty about
loving bacon, Villas urges you to relax. Yes, it's high in
sodium and fat, but if eaten in moderation or used as a
flavoring agent, as it is in many recipes in the book, bacon
is a guilt-free indulgence. Illustrated with more than forty
sizzling color photographs and featuring Villas's inimitable
recipe notes and incisive cooking tips, The Bacon Cookbook
will be an indispensable kitchen companion as you explore
bacon's many possibilities and pleasures.
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