Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

The Southern Foodie’s Guide to the Pig


9781401605025_p0_v2_s114x166It’s important to know where to find a good BLT when you need one.  Pepper the puppy has brought me low on a few occasions with her fierce if playful biting, her energy level, and her tiny bladder.  I must admit that on certain of these occasions I have found it necessary to put her in photothe crate and leave the house for a little peace of mind.  I have sought solace in a BLT in two places:  The Picnic and The Food Company, both in Nashville.  The Picnic offers a good old-fashioned BLT, the kind your mother used to make.  They serve it up just right on white bread, toasted, with Hellman’s mayonnaise in a little packet.  I also suggest their cranberry “salad” as a side, to take you right back to the 70’s in the best possible way.  For an entirely different cultural and culinary experience, try the BLT at The Food Company.  It features Benton’s Bacon, arugula, avocado, and a homemade basil mayonnaise.  This is died-and-gone-to-heaven material with a sweet tea.  It is possible that I am in an altered state of mind right now due to sleep deprivation.  Pepper has me up, in my robe, down the stairs, and outside at unfortunate hours.

If you’re a bacon enthusiast, you might stop by Parnassus on Tuesday night, September 16th, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to chat with author Chris Chamberlain and pick up a copy of his new cookbook, The Southern Foodie’s Guide to the Pig.  Last year’s initial pork offering, Southern Foodie, a cookbook and travel guide, received delicious 4



  1. I love this post, I love this puppy, and I love me some pork on a blt!

  2. You can borrow this puppy any time, Betsy!! 🙂 Pepper loves you too!!

  3. Question is, have you had the warm pimento cheese and bacon on a croissant at the picnic? To die for. Probably literally. It’ll kill ya

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  4. I once heard an entire radio show where the host had folks call in their favorite BLT variations – it went on for hours. One stuck with me, but I have not yet tried it; the caller used saltine crackers (the big slab kind) instead of bread. I am now craving a BLT AND a puppy to call my own!

  5. I know a puppy who needs a good home. 🙂 Let’s get together and make a radical saltine BLT sometime!! Love to hear from you, Patricia.

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