Some Brief Thoughts on Bacon

As a low-carb dieter, I appreciate bacon. But I do not think it is that great. It is great with other things, whether it is with a BLT or part of a Cobb salad.

However, while I like bacon, I have never viewed it in the glorified way that Jim Gaffigan portrays it in this clip:

Of course, Jim Gaffigan is a comedian being funny. Very funny.

But it is just bacon. I think the brief post below at The Washington Post by Mark Essig puts bacon is a context the resonates with me.

in particular, I appreciate Myth #1:

1. Bacon is delicious.

Well, it is now. The twin pairing of salt and smoke, fat and meat cannot be equaled. But there are those who’ll tell you that it’s “impossible to have terrible bacon.” They’re just as wrong as those who claim there is no such thing as bad sex or bad pizza. Historically speaking, there has been far more bad bacon than good bacon. That’s because bacon, though now a cult food, once served as a survival ration. It was peasant fare, as suggested in Shakespeare’s “Henry IV,” only fit for “bacon-fed knaves.”

Nowadays we kill ourselves by overeating, but until a couple of hundred years ago, starvation posed a far more serious threat, as most people lived on grains and struggled to acquire protein and fat. In many places — from China to Central Europe to North America — pigs offered the cheapest source of meat available.

 This was true in England in 1100 and in Iowa in 1800. Until the 1950s, we ate more pork than beef, and most of it was cured at home and stored under questionable conditions. In other words, it probably wasn’t delicious in the least. When Frederick Law Olmsted, then a journalist, journeyed through the South in the 1850s, he griped that “the bane of my life” was a steady diet of “corn-bread and bacon.” It was virtually all he ate during his six-month trip and in no way a special treat. Today’s bacon mania would have puzzled him.

All who love bacon are free to love bacon. I am a bacon pluralist. But it is just bacon. It isn’t Diet Coke or something really important.

Now I just need to decide whether this post falls under the category of religion or the category of politics. Maybe it is both…

Categories: Blog, Chris, Culture, News

2 replies »

  1. Hold it, I thought you meant Francis Bacon. I only realized it was not about him when I read about the Lettuce and cheese that goes so well with his philosophy.

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