Bacon: a pop culture icon

From the development of the heritage pork resurgence to the proliferation of porcine centric restaurants (Montreal’s Au Pied du Cochon and New Orleans’ Cochon are just two examples) to the media excitement over Jamón Ibérico arriving in North America, pork is enjoying gourmet glory days.

While I certainly agree that pork is worthy of adoration (I’m a bacon lover), I can’t help but wonder about the timing of en masse pork love. Is this trend a chef driven culinary odyssey whose time had finally come or is there a darker, political message behind our cravings for pork? Consider that the rise of pork as a trendy gourmet commodity happened after 9/11 and it’s easy to speculate about how our subconscious minds might be prompting us to celebrate food that our ideological enemies eschew.

Regardless of whether that theory holds warm bacon fat, there’s no doubt that pork currently has a remarkable influence on not just menus but also on pop culture. For instance, band-aids that look like rashers of bacon are available at skateboard chain West 49 (I bought some for Martin as soon as I saw them!). Then there is this piggy snout mug. These products must be evidence that bacon is cool, right?

For more examples of wacky bacon products, check out this great slide show that includes gems such as bacon flavoured breath mints and even a bacon brassiere!


5 Responses to Bacon: a pop culture icon

  1. Beth says:

    That bacon bra is gross – can you imagine how slimy that would feel as your skin heated up the bacon? Yuck!

    Love the piggy snout mug and the band aids though.

  2. Cheryl says:

    While I hesitate to ascribe political motivations to the trend, I do think you’re right that bacon is seriously EVERYWHERE right now. That slide show is a hoot. I love the idea of gummi-bacon and the bacon-topped chocolate chip cookie cracked me up.
    And now I can’t help but think: wouldn’t a bacon-studded chocolate chip cookie actually be, well, kind of AWESOME?

  3. “Bacon tastes good. Pork chops taste good.” – from the film Pulp Fiction.

    Chicken is bland and everywhere and currently lacking in sex appeal. We’ve all cut down on our red meat, so what’s left? Pork! Now, if we could just get some fat back into the pork so it doesn’t taste like cardboard things would be good.

  4. danamccauley says:

    Here! Here! I’m lucky that I have access to artisan raised heritage pork which is actually allowed to eat a normal diet and develop some flavour. I really can’t stand the grocery store pork chops. No matter how you cook them, they have the texture of plywood.

  5. kjoymiller says:

    Wow! I never really thought about the love of bacon before. That slide show really opened my eyes to the love of bacon that is sweeping across our nation. Chicken is starting to become over rated and red meat has had it’s fair share…so why not pork! Now if only I could learn how to make it so it doesn’t dry out…

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