A medical emergency
put the skids on Ari Weinzweig's last lard-flecked lap through the Bay Area. Next weekend at Omnivore Books
(3885a Cesar Chavez at Church), the high priest of pork makes his triumphant return for a signing of Zingerman's Guide to Better Bacon
, the recently published book all about every wavering vegetarian's softest spot. Weinzweig outlines the long, streaky history of the delicious cured substance, calling it (a little glibly) "the olive oil of North America" as he introduces readers to his favorite smokehouses and bacon-y personalities around the country. He also provides recipes, nearly 50 of them, for chest-thumpers, like bacon-cheddar scones and chocolate and bacon fat gravy. Zingerman's is, of course, Weinzweig's famous Ann Arbor deli ― these days, a major hub of food-community consciousness in Southeast Michigan as well as a college town's beloved small-time vendor of prepared goods. He'll be at the bookstore
from 6 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16.
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