The Year That Was on Serious Eats: Bacon

Last Friday we started our year-end review with the Top 10 most-viewed posts across Serious Eats land. Today, we're taking a look back at the food trends of 2008. We were originally going to do this in one post, but with all the stuff we've published this year, we would have worn out your scroll finger. So we've broken up this retrospective into more-digestible bits. Your tasting menu of 2008 begins this morning, fittingly enough, with bacon.



Bacon was all over the place on Serious Eats in 2008. That's not a huge change from 2007. And, for those of you who accuse us of being too baconcentric, let me just point out that our first bacon post of the year did not appear until the late, late date of January 3*. Here are some notable bacon items of 2008:

Just a sampling: How it's made, edible bacon bowls, the bacon bra(!), a bacon tiara, a bacon costume, bacon soap, and, yuck, bacon in a can. That's not to mention the very recent cheese-filled bacon roll and strange and brilliant way to baconify any website.

Unlikely foods to include bacon: bourbon, gelato, chocolate, more chocolate, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, doughnuts, mayo (though there's no real bacon in this vile stuff), and Chex mix.

Weird: Someone looking to send a message to Congressional Representative John Boehner (R-Ohio) over the banking bailout in early October caused the congressman's local offices in West Chester, Ohio, to be evacuated. The jokester sent a package of, yes, bacon. (It's pork, get it? Har har.)

Some folks accused hipsters of ruining bacon, but we don't believe it can ever be ruined. (Well, maybe it can—by bacon dust.)

* Shocking, I know. I'll make sure we start 2009 with a bacon post on New Year's Day.

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