For once it looks like I was slightly ahead of the curve. A Time magazine article online today celebrates the pig in all its glory.
Maybe it's a recession-driven money saver, or maybe we just feel the need to get back in touch with what we eat, but Americans everywhere are discovering the pleasures of home-cured bacon. Culinary blogs are replete with homemade-bacon recipes, including how to make pancetta. Mario Batali's recipe for guanciale, cured pig cheek, has gone viral. Leading the piggy parade is food writer Michael Ruhlman, who has challenged his blog readers to make a BLT from scratch - including homegrown lettuce and tomatoes and homemade bread - shoot a picture, submit it and win a prize: his latest book Ratio.
Read all about it here.