The Better Bacon Book: Make, Cook, and Eat Your Way to Cured Pork Greatness ($4.99) by Open Air Publishing brings anything you wanted to know about bacon right at your fingertips. Ah, bacon. What’s not to love about it? Just about anyone can cook it, it can be found on the menu in just about every restaurant, and it instantly provides +1 charisma to any food.
The app offers chapters on the history of bacon, how to make your own, how to buy it if you don’t want to make our own, and recipes for dining from breakfast through cocktails (yes, you read that correctly).
Similar to Pat LaFrieda’s Big App For Meat (which covers bacon as well), this app gives an in-depth look at bacon.
Media is embedded throughout, including high resolution pictures, movies, and slideshows. Authentic experts from around the nation provide their input on this fantastic meat. Links are also provided to their businesses that offer this meat fresh.
Terms that may be unfamiliar to the reader are hyperlinked to definitions (often with pictures). Not quite sure what “face bacon” is? Tap the link for it (though you may not want to know).
This app definitely pays homage to our obsession with those tasty strips of pig meat. The app’s main contributor, Tom Mylan (executive butcher at The Meat Hook in Brooklyn), even acknowledges how widespread and ridiculous this obsession has become. Yet even he bows down and praises bacon for always being as good as the hype.
Those familiar with the developer’s other app, Speakeasy Cocktails: Learn From The Modern Mixologists, will know how easy this app is to navigate. Swipe up and down to flip through the “cards.”
The chapter will end with a bar at the bottom that requires an extra tap before moving to the next chapter. This is nice in the event that you aren’t finished with the current chapter.
Tap and hold text to highlight it or add a note. These then get saved in your notebook for easy referencing later. For example, you might want to take some notes on the section about curing your own bacon.
If you love bacon (and why wouldn’t you?), reach down into your bacon wallet and buy this app.