is bacon cheating?

i almost want to say bacon is seeing a new revolution, but it's not new. bacon has always been a favorite of chefs and eaters alike for many many years, though it seems like there's a new way to use this popular smoked meat - as a side dish, as a standalone snack, as a condiment, and even as a vegetable (

so here's the debate i was having with a friend over a beer: is the addition of bacon to make something more magical a bona-fide culinary technique, or is it merely cheating?

sure, it makes it tastier, and adds a new level of depth, but is it creative and original? or does it even matter - om nom nom?


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