I have an interesting cookbook review for you today. The Bacon Lovers Cookbook is a new addition to the Golden Press line up of “lovers” cookbooks. You may recall that I reviewed the Pumpkin Lovers Cookbook a few weeks ago. This book is full of bacon recipes, bacon tips, bacon jokes and bacon facts, all of which was gathered from other sources and bound together in one bacon extravaganza.
Before I started blogging, I shared recipes from any source. If I made cookies and my friend wanted the recipe, I simply copied it straight out of a cookbook onto a recipe card and handed it off. I understand that is how it’s done among friends. Even non-profit community, school and church cookbooks are often filled with recipes that come word for word out of cookbooks and magazines . There is a difference, however, among bloggers and cookbook writers who work, write and cook for profit. They need to be very careful about their sources and inspirations. People who write recipes for a living tend to care if others make money off their hard work.
That is why I was very disappointed with this book. Although the recipes are fabulous, many come from blogs. The instructions are about 20% reworded, but basically they are straight off the pages of various websites. It takes a lot of thought and effort to try to come up with a new recipe. Let’s face it, most things have been done before. However, there are some very clever people out there who do come up with fresh and new ideas. I don’t think it’s right for others to make money off that work.Now, for you regular folks who think that was a lot of fuss about nothing, here’s the skinny on the book. Bacon Lovers Cookbook contains about 100 pages of bacon recipes. There are those under “Just Bacon” which are fancy ways to eat your bacon: candied, caramelized, or spicy. Then you go on to chapters on Condiments (Bacon Jam!) and Dips (Bacon Salsa!), Appetizers (Caramel Bacon Popcorn!), Breakfasts (Spinach Bacon Egg McMuffins) and Breads (Irish Cheddar and Bacon Soda Bread!), Soups ( Chicken Bacon Soup!) and Salads (Bacon Gorgonzola Chicken Salad!), Pizza (Bacon Mashed Potato Pizza!) and Quiche (Bacon Asparagus Bake!), Pasta (Bacon, Squash and Goat Cheese Pasta!), Main Dishes (Cabbage with Bacon, Onion and Garlic!), Side Dishes (Extreme Mashed Cauliflower), Desserts (Bacon Hot Fudge!) and Beverages (Dulce de Bacon Milkshake!). I made the Bacon, Potato, Cheese Pie. I made some changes. I said no to the butter. It was almost too greasy with just bacon. I used one package of bacon which was 11 pieces. The recipe called for 18. Again, it was almost to greasy. I used Cheddar cheese instead of Fontina, but they share a similar fat content, so I won’t blame the cheese. It was the bacon! We loved the flavor of this dish. I am sure that a variation of some sort will often be repeated.
- 1 pound of bacon
- 6-8 medium potatoes, sliced thinly (peeling is optional)
- 1½ cups Cheddar cheese
- freshly ground pepper
- Separate the slices of bacon and lay them criss-cross in a pie plate with at least one third of them lying outside the rim of the plate.
- Press the tall pile of bacon in the middle of the plate down,
- Layer half of the potatoes in a spiral on top of the bacon.
- Top the potatoes with half of the cheese.
- Layer the remaining potatoes in another pretty spiral on top of the cheese.
- Put remaining cheese on top of potatoes.
- Take the bacon that is hanging out of the plate and pull it over the cheese/potatoes as though wrapping the pie.
- Bake at 400 degrees for an hour or until potatoes are tender.
- If you don't slice the potatoes thinly, it may take longer.