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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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Bacon sandwich
Everything Tastes Better with Bacon: 70 Fabulous Recipes for Every Meal of the Day is a book about cooking bacon, written by Sara Perry, an author, food commentator, and columnist for The Oregonian. It was first published in 2002 by San Francisco-based publisher Chronicle Books. In this book, Perry manifests her original concept of recipes combining sugar and bacon with over 70 recipes for bacon-flavored dishes, including desserts. The book received positive reviews in publications including The St. Petersburg Times, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Denver Post, and The Dallas Morning News. Recipes from the book were selected for inclusion in The Best American Recipes 2003-2004.

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Zeeuws spek
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Panfried, wrapped with Zeeuws spek. Infused with Sichuan Chili Oil.

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

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