Beyond the Wrapped Wiener

One of the few bright spots of last summer’s widely attended and critically panned Great American Food and Music Fest in Mountain View was the appearance of Zingerman’s Deli of Ann Arbor, Mich. Zingerman's was one of few vendors to bring enough food to feed the hungry hordes, satiating angry attendees with perfectly crisp shards of Nueske’s applewood-smoked bacon. Last year, Zingerman’s co-founder, Ari Weinzweig, released his third and most epic book, Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon: Stories of Pork Bellies, Hush Puppies, Rock 'n' Roll Music, and Bacon Fat Mayonnaise. This deli-centered book is so dedicated to the bacon, in fact, that a limited pigskin leather–encased collector’s edition was produced — a luxury not afforded to Weinzweig’s previous food tomes. While illness caused the author to cancel a Bay Area appearance to promote this book in November (we’re trying to resist the flu joke), he is now set to appear in the flesh with a ration of easy bacon ideas.
Sat., Jan. 16, 6 p.m., 2010

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