Omnivore - Second helpings: Piggy back ride
Pork fat rules! Bacon however... is overrated.
Its almost - no - its very cliché now, to exalt the properties of the pig. There are many restaurants that should simply be called pig bars. And chefs like Kevin have replaced dragons, skulls, and Japanese body art with charts of the animals anatomy.
For the most part, of course, its flavor. The smokiness. The salt. But, mainly, its the fat. Where other animals fat can take on an unpleasant texture, especially cold, the pig yields melting lusciousness, almost all the time.
For that reason, its irreplaceable.
Emeril was right (even if I cringe while typing it). Pork fat rules!
Bacon however... is overrated.
This declaration has already landed me on a few blogs hit lists, but I feel rather adamant about it.