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Bacon is a meat product prepared from cured pork. It is first cured using large quantities of salt, either a brine or a dry packing. Fresh bacon may then be dried for weeks or months in cold air, or it may be boiled or smoked. Fresh and dried bacon are typically cooked before eating, often by frying. Boiled bacon is ready to eat, as is some smoked bacon, but they may be cooked further before eating. Bacon is prepared from several different cuts of meat. It can be made from the pork belly or from back cuts, which has less fat than the belly.

Bacon may be eaten smoked, boiled, fried, baked, or grilled. It is eaten on its own, as a side dish (particularly in breakfasts), or used as a minor ingredient to flavour dishes (e.g., the club sandwich). Bacon is also used for barding and larding roasts, especially game, including venison and pheasant. The word is derived from the Old High German bacho, meaning "buttock", "ham" or "side of bacon", and is cognate with the Old French bacon.

Meat from other animals, such as beef, lamb, chicken, goat, or turkey, may also be cut, cured, or otherwise prepared to resemble bacon, and may even be referred to as "bacon".

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Bacon: A Love Story, A Salty Survey of Everybody's Favorite Meat is a non-fiction book about bacon, written by author Heather Lauer. It was published in May 2009. Lauer was inspired to write the book after getting an idea to start a blog about bacon while out with her two brothers for cocktails. She started a blog Bacon Unwrapped in 2005, along with a social networking site about bacon. The book describes the processes of curing and cooking bacon, and gives over 20 recipes that use the product. It also analyzes the impact of bacon on popular culture, and intersperses text with quips from comedian Jim Gaffigan, and facts about bacon. The book received a generally positive reception. The Sacramento Bee commented, "This ode to 'the king of breakfast meats' is entertaining and informational". Both The Sacramento Bee and The Toronto Star recommended the book as a Father's Day gift. The Portsmouth Herald and The Arizona Republic highlighted the book on lists of summer reading recommendations. A review in Publishers Weekly observed that the book would be enjoyed by bacon lovers, but not as much by other readers.

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Bacon wrapped shrimp with mozzarella cheese and BBQ sauce.
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Bacon wrapped shrimp with mozzarella cheese and BBQ sauce.

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Angels on horseback
Angels on horseback is a hot appetizer made of oysters wrapped with bacon. In the United Kingdom they can also be a savoury, the final course of a traditional British formal meal. They are somewhat similar to Devils on horseback and the Midwestern version of pigs in a blanket, a traditional dish of the American Midwest. Strictly speaking angels on horseback (and the original UK form of pigs in a blanket) are an hors d'œuvre, unlike the US variant of pigs in a blanket, which are canapés, since the latter always involve a bread base or wrapping, and angels on horseback are not by necessity served on toast.


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