I have a confession to make. In the nine years since I launched What's Cooking and the two-plus years of writing A Mighty Appetite, I've been having a secret gastronomic love affair.
All these years, I've kept my paramour on the down low, sharing my love only when I knew like-minded fiends were at the table. I've been leading a double life -- on the one hand, I'm advocating healthy cooking and hosting monthly meatless Web chats, and then when no one's looking, I'm swooning over the smoky perfume of...
Say it ain't so, I can hear the vegetarians cry. But the truth is, I'm a card-carrying member of Bacon Lovers of America, even though I know it spikes my cholesterol and packs on the pounds. Other than a bag of chips, it's the one food that turns me into a compulsive eater. In fact, I've come to learn that if I don't have a bacon-specific project (such as seasoning beans or making pasta carbonara), I cannot be left alone with a tray of cooked bacon. I will eat every last strip.
I've got it real bad.
As I pondered this week about what to make for supper, all I wanted was a bowl of carbonara, but I refrained because in spite of my obsession, I try to limit my bacon intake to once a month (we had carbonara night in mid-December).
Aside from the obvious health risks, bacon elicits extreme reactions on both sides of the fence. You either love it or hate it -- there's no undecided bacon contingent in America. Guilty and conflicted? Yes. But undecided? Not a chance.
To prove my point, I've put together the following poll, and I invite you to weigh in on this very fatty matter.
In the midst of my pork belly research, I've discovered kindred spirits in the blogosphere. There are blogs dedicated to bacon, including Bacon Challenge, with the goal of eating one piece of bacon a day for an entire year; Bacon Unwrapped, a one-woman fascination with all things bacon, from merchandise to baco-centric media; and The Bacon Show, which promises "one bacon recipe, per day, every day, forever." I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Mister Bacon Pants, who offers a swell gift guide, and get your grubby paws on this juicy morsel: a bacon-studded chocolate bar by Vosges.
For the road, I leave you with the following video clip featuring comedian Jim Gaffigan, who delivered an ode to bacon last fall on an episode of "Late Night With Conan O'Brien."
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