After recently reading about an artist who created multi-colored bacon in the New York Daily News, I made a discovery that changed my life: There’s a website called BaconToday.com, which offers “Daily Updates on the World of Sweet, Sweet Bacon.” There you can find sweet treats, like maple bacon ice cream, or read about a bacon marriage proposal. Think no one’s dumb enough to get a bacon tattoo? You’re wrong, and BaconToday.com has the photo. Or buy the Bacon Freak cookbook (subtitle: “Bacon is Meat Candy”). And when the rest of the media is stuck on the goings on at BP and in Afghanistan, only BaconToday.com will give you the story that San Francisco is trying to make Mondays meatless. Oh, the horror.
In today’s world of soy-latte-macrobiotic-vegetarian political correctness, it’s refreshing to see there’s someone out there who isn’t afraid to celebrate the salty, fatty, meaty goodness of bacon with childlike wonder. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m partial to eating things that once had parents…and I do so almost exclusively. So I sent out a tweet imploring the man behind Bacon Today to get in touch with me…he didn’t, but I hunted him down online, as I’m wont to do. Here’s my sweet, sweet bacony interview with James Loosbrock, the man, the myth, the bacon legend, who thinks bacon might actually save the world. Do I smell a Pulitzer? No wait, that’s just bacon.
S.E. CUPP: What led you to start a website celebrating all things bacon? You got a beef against pigs or something? Is this a pig jihad?
James Loosbrock: One word: it’s bacon. Is there any other word that you can think of that gets you salivating?
SE: I’m digging those bacon-scented candles. What’s the craziest bacon-byproduct you’ve ever come across?
JL: Bacon-flavored Coke.
SE: Amazing. So do you have a “real job” or is running BaconToday.com actually how you, well, bring home the bacon?
JL: I do have a real job and it involves bacon, wine and gourmet foods…or, as I like to say, “Swine and Wine.” I run BaconFreak.com, CVWine.com, GourmetFoodClubs.com and Bacn.com.
SE: Wow, you’re really into it. So did you go to school for baconology or something?
JL: Yes. As a baconprenuer, I have studied baconism. Well, it’s more of a philosophy than something you study.
SE: Okay, let’s get serious. Is “Bacon Today” satire? Are you parodying “Psychology Today” or “Parenting Today” or is there a serious component to this?
JL: I never really looked at it like that. BaconToday.com started off as a joke around the office cooler, and the next day the site was born. It quickly became the leading site for bacon-related news.
SE: That’s hilarious. So have you been to Spain or Brazil, generally considered two of the pork-product capitals of the world?
JL: Haven’t been.
SE: Does bacon ever enter your sexual fantasies?
JL: Yes, I’m like George Costanza, on Seinfield…you know when he brings a sandwich into the bedroom during sex? Well, isn’t a BLT in bed everyone’s fantasy?