There are three things I cannot do without in my life: reading, writing, and yeah, you guessed it – bacon. Well, Jayne Rockmill has finally taken the opportunity to combine two of these favourite three things, which certainly makes me happy.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, Jayne Rockmill has released a new book whose title probably serves as a duality for both the motto of my life and the actual title of her book – “I Love Bacon!” Amazing.
The tagline for the book is “Bacon – it’s what’s for dinner. And for appetizers. Also for dessert.” I really like this tagline and I think it coincides pretty well with what we attempt to demonstrate here at Republic of Bacon on a daily basis – bacon doesn’t have to be, and shouldn’t be limited simply to a traditional breakfast or dinner entree. Incorporating bacon into different meals is both fun and a wonderful experience, and this book is a wonderful compliment to this idea – providing over 50 bacon recipes as well as tips on actually making your own bacon which I’ll touch on in a bit.
The nice thing about the bacon recipes included in this book, in similar fashion to the bacon recipes provided on our site, is that they go beyond your standard classic cured bacon. Recipes such as Spagna Beans and Treviso Radicchio, Veal and Foie Gras, Spicy Braised Bacon, and Meatloaf Wrapped in Bacon demonstrate the variety of recipes available to your disposal in this book. The Spicy Braised Bacon is a personal favourite of mine and I certainly advise you to try making it if you ever get a chance to pick up the book!
As mentioned before, the book does a good job of providing exquisite details concerning creating your own bacon. Again, I think this is extremely useful because, while it is definitely nice to refer to different recipes in terms of finding new, creative ways to use your bacon – I find as though it adds a really personal touch to your dish if you not only take advantage of these creative uses of bacon – but also use bacon you have made yourself. I won’t give away any of the tips given in the book here, but at only $19.99 it’s probably worth picking up if you are a bacon enthusiast like myself.
Biographies and Terms
A final added touch in the book is a sort of who’s who in terms of the bacon cooking industry – the book provides short, but detailed biographies of various industry-leading chefs who have cooked all of the recipes included in the book. It’s nice to have this information as you get to really see who is making the recipes and what they do to add their own personal touch to each and every recipe.
This book has certainly taken up a permanent spot on my bookshelf, and will be used for years to come whenever I’m cooking up something new and exciting in the bacon world – which is pretty often. If you cook bacon even once or twice a month or every two months, I definitely recommend picking up this book.
The book is now on sale and retails for $19.99.
Are you going to pick up the “I Love Bacon” book? Do you think bacon literature is a necessary addition to the bacon lover’s arsenal?
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