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A strip of cooked side (streaky) bacon

Bacon is a type of salt-cured pork. Bacon is prepared from several different cuts of meat, typically from the pork belly or from back cuts, which have less fat than the belly. 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.

Cured side bacon in a pan
The same bacon after being pan-fried

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". Such use is common in areas with significant Jewish and Muslim populations, both of which prohibit the consumption of pork.

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The BLT Cookbook was written by Michele Anna Jordan about the preparation of various types of BLT sandwich. The cookbook was published by William Morrow Cookbooks in the United States in June 2003. Jordan is a food writer and has written for The Press Democrat; The BLT Cookbook is her 14th published book. She researched the book for ten years, and taste-tested hundreds of variations on the sandwich in the process. Jordan writes of her passion for the BLT sandwich in the book, describing it as America's most beloved sandwich. She instructs the reader on how to acquire and prepare the best ingredients for the sandwich. The book includes recipes with varying types of ingredients, though each recipe includes tomatoes. Many recipes in the book are not sandwiches, and include appetizers, soups, and salads. The author includes recipes for desserts and suggests wines to have with the sandwich. The book was positively received, and the National Pork Board highly recommended it. A review in The Detroit News commented that the book includes "mouthwatering recipes", and the San Francisco Chronicle called it a "neat little book" on the subject. The food editor for the Daily Herald noted that recipes in the book "will surely shake up your next toasted meal". The Anchorage Daily News called it the "definitive book" on the BLT sandwich.

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Sodolak's chicken fried bacon

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Bacon vodka is vodka infused with bacon flavor, part of a larger trend of "carnivorous cocktails" and the addition of umami (savory) flavor to mixed drinks. The infused alcohol can be sipped but it typically used in mixed drinks like a bloody mary or bacon martini. Bakon Vodka has received critical acclaim by professional mixologists, winning the 2010 Silver Medal winner in the Wine and Spirits category in the Beverage World BevStar Awards, and a silver medal in the SIP Awards International Spirits Competition. Bakon was also featured in a number of TV programs including The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Today Show.

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They fried the fish with bacon and were astonished, for no fish had ever seemed so delicious before.

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