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Bi-Rite Market's BLT&E with Harissa Mayo

[Photograph: France Ruffenach]

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food to give away this week.

Eggs and bacon are an unbeatable combo much like bacon, lettuce, and tomato. So what happens when you join the two? Very good things. This BLT&E with Harissa Mayo, a work of sandwich genius from Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food does just that by topping an already exemplary BLT with a perfectly runny poached egg.

But wait, it gets better. Instead of spreading your sandwich with plain old mayo, this one gets a boost from harissa, that spicy-sweet red pepper paste hailing from North Africa. And there's no room for boring iceberg or romaine in this sandwich. Bitter radicchio or frisée take its place, dressed with punchy cider vinegar, shallots, and olive oil.

Why you should make this: This sandwich might not be your workaday BLT but in our estimation it's a billion times more thrilling.

Next time we might think about: Taking Bi-Rite's suggestion of mixing the mayo with a few teaspoons of Thai curry paste for an even more exotic take on the classic.

Adapted from Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food by Sam Mogannam and Dabney Gough. Copyright © 2011. Published by Ten Speed Press. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved.

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