Feed Us Back: Comments of the Week

Is bacon the food world equivalent of the four-letter word? Read on for details…

– Have you taken the Omnivore Hundred yet? Among ES readers, Camille appears to be in the lead with an astonishing 88 percent.

On the herbivore front, Alex is taken with gansie’s pine nut salad:  I am usually thrilled to find them lurking in my salad. This could have something to do with my not really liking salad and really liking nuts…I’m just bopping along, eating my salad like a good vegetarian, and then WHOA! THERE’S A PINE NUT! AWESOME! It’s like when you crush up a pill and put it in delicious juice for a kid to drink so they won’t know it’s there, except opposite. Maybe I should start crushing up my lettuce and hide it in my pine nuts instead of hiding my pine nuts under my lettuce.

– But Mean Today is unimpressed with Padma Lakshmi’s salad course:

Dhania salad is not exactly an original idea…. Not sure this proves Ms. Lakshmi is a creative cook par excellence.

JoeHoya has a Gourmet Magazine alternative: Even if they weren’t bagging and stuffing, they’re putting out a glossy magazine every month. Not exactly the most environmentally-friendly product on the market. One more reason Cook’s Illustrated, with their oh-so-recyclable paper pages and focus on solid cooking instead of lifestyle and image, remains a favorite.

– Finally, not to beat a dead horse, but reaching back to the Anthony Bourdain vs. Hezbollah Tofu smackdown, France has some thoughts on our favorite food that I thought everyone should see:

Using bacon in cooking is like using swear words in writing or speaking. People who swear seem as if they are lacking in imagination and creativity in their speech or writing. The words tend to be strong and have an unmistakable ‘flavour.’ Like bacon.

Photo: Shawnzam

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  • JoeHoya September 12, 2008  

    Wow. Way to [bacon] all over those of us who actually enjoy that unmistakable flavor, France.

    Seriously – what the [bacon]?

  • brian September 12, 2008  

    People who use tempeh bacon in all of their cooking are like people that say “god dang it” or “go fudge yourself.”

  • Liza's sis September 12, 2008  

    That’s the worst bacon blasphemy I’ve ever heard!!

  • Yvo September 12, 2008  

    That’s pretty bacon’d up, dude. Not cool.

  • northzax September 15, 2008  

    I will agree that bacon is the four letter word of cooking these days, it can easily be the lazy man (or woman’s) out. But when done exceptionally well, it is transcendant. The bad part is that it is harder to be great the more common it gets. See: pryor, richard; carlin, george; murphy, eddie.

    But then, sometimes only the simple purity will do. Someone who hits their thumb with a hammer and doesn’t yell f@*k isn’t someone I want to know.

  • northzax September 15, 2008  

    brian: that’s ‘go-diddely-osh darn it’ to you!

  • Alex September 16, 2008  

    bacon has 5 letters.

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