Is there any ingredient more beloved than bacon? The smell of bacon sizzling in the morning has got more people out of bed than the loudest alarm clock.
It's a must-have in a BLT, turkey club, Cobb salad...you name it. But Kaminsky and Rama take it to new recipe heights, whether chopped and sauteed and used as a flavouring - much as you would garlic - or in chunks, strips, potted, baked, or flavourful crumbles as a finishing touch.
Perfect in Crispy Polenta Bites with Sun-Dried Tomato Spread, Onion Soup with Bacon and Baguette Croutons, French Toast Bread Pudding with Bacon and Cinnamon, Pork Roast with Bacon, Fennel, and Black Mission Figs, and Crusted Salmon with Avocado and Red Onion Salad, Velvety Chicken Topped with Rosemary-Bacon Biscuits. And to finish off a meal, and Caramelized Pears with Candied Bacon Chips or Apple-Bacon Coffee Cake with Bourbon-Pecan Glaze.
Everything tastes better with bacon. One of those flavor-packed, umami-rich, secret-weapon ingredients, it has the power to elevate just about any dish, from soups to souffle´s, braises to bread pudding.
Peter Kaminsky and Marie Rama know just how to employ it. Peter is the author of both Pig Perfect―a paean to the noble swine―and, most recently, Culinary Intelligence, which argues that the healthiest way to eat is to eat less but really well.
He and Marie know that adding irresistible bacon transforms an ordinary dish into an extraordinary one.
Bacon Nation is a bacon-lover’s dream, a collection of 125 smoky, savory, crispy, meaty, salty, and sweetly sensuous recipes that go right through the menu.
Starters like Spiced Nuts with Bacon; Bacon and Butternut Squash Galette; Bacon, Pear, and Humboldt Fog Salad. Main courses featuring meats―Brawny Bacon Beef Bourguignon, Saltimbacon; poultry―Paella with Chicken and Bacon; fish―Flaky Cod Fillets with Bacon and Wine-Braised Fennel; and pasta, including an update of the classic Roman dish Bucatini all’Amatriciana. Even dessert: Rum Ice Cream with Candied Bacon Chips and Chocolate-Peanut-Bacon Toffee.
As Homer Simpson would say, Mmmm, bacon.
352 pages, paper back Dimensions - 17.5cm x 22.5cm x 2.5cm