Skip to comments.WHY VEGETARIANS SHOULD EAT BACON
Posted on 06/27/2011 11:53:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Anthony Bourdain stalked around the stage, sipping every once in a while from his beer bottle and describing why he couldnt respect the vegetarian lifestyle. Hey, he said, I dont care what you do in the privacy of your own home. But when you travel the world, its not right--in fact, its an insult!--to forgo eating the delicacies of the country youre visiting.
If youre in Spain, he said, you eat ham. If youre in Argentina, you eat beef. If youre in Vietnam, you eat, um, the local cuisine.
His opinion is pretty much what you'd expect from a guy who recently released a book titled Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook.
Later in the talk, he took questions from the audience--a couple thousand people in suburban Atlanta. One unfortunate lady had a real problem she needed Bourdain to solve, and she told the woeful tale of her seven-year-old, who had taken a vow of vegetarianism.
How can I get him to come back around? asked the lady.
Bourdain paused a beat.
Then he said, Bacon.
And the place went wild. Because bacon, without getting too much into hyperbole, is the food of the gods. Ive written elsewhere on Man of the House about omelets and how theyre the conduit to all your hopes and dreams. Its no accident that bacon comes on the side.
Bacon, though, is no sidekick. If omelets werent so damn delicious, bacon could have the starring role on my breakfast plate. And versatility? My lord, dont get me started. Bacon is awesome on a baked potato, in a salad, on top of a cheeseburger and wrapped around a scallop (or, for that matter, a pork chop). Bacon makes you a better lover* and it makes you a better man.
*My research on this is not yet complete.
As my friend Carl says, Bacon is like Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs. Hes only in the movie for like 10 minutes, but hes all you remember.
This guy makes a lot of good points.
The chart at the end just KILLS IT!
I hongray for bacooon!
Fried green beans with bacon! Excellent.
If you can watch the episode when he went to visit Ted Nugent, too funny. But he also goes to commie and other places that do not have liberty and is ok with it, maybe not the brightest bulb, but all he cares about is food, oh well.....
A brilliant answer from Bourdain. But how does a mother allow a SEVEN YEAR OLD to determine what he eats in HER house? My mother would simply have put down the steak and stood over me until it was gone. She certainly did it with the broccoli and beets I was forced to eat at that age. Geez, these new mothers are wimps!
Bacon is meat candy.
Bacon dipped in Ranch dressing = AWESOME.
My sister in law just lent me his latest book. I’ll start reading it tonight. Love his TV shows.
I know it’s wrong, but I sometimes open up a box of pre-cooked bacon strips for snacking while watching tv. Even the melted fat has fantastic mouth feel.
Bacon makes everything better.