Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Book Series Begins!: Zingerman's Guide to Better Bacon

For the next two weeks I will be doing a book series. Like many chefs, I have shelves full of cookbooks and magazines about food, wine & restaurants. Out of my many books, I have chosen the real standouts. Today, we will be starting off with Zingerman's Guide to Better Bacon: Stories of Pork Bellies, Hush Puppies, Rock'n' Roll music and Bacon Fat Mayonnaise by Ari Weinzweig.

It does seem like bacon trend is slowing down a bit, but good bacon will never go out of style (especially in the South, but hopefully everywhere else too). Here is why I love this book: the author Ari Weinzweig is a brilliant man, who with Paul Sagninaw opened Zingerman's Delicatessen in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1982. Zingerman's Deli is an important force in food for a gazillion reasons, but more notably these days for their excellent customer service, how they treat their employees and their knowledge of food (it is in that order which is really rare, they are a special group). In this book, Ari guides his readers through the importance of bacon to the U.S. (calling it the olive oil of North America) and he explains how to make bacon and bacon dishes that really rock. This is an awesome book, a current book, and bacon will always be hot. Jump on the bacon bandwagon now!

Click HERE to check out Zingerman's Press.

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