Food Stuff

Illustration By Marianne Mancina

Everyone has one family member who is notoriously hard to buy presents for. If you’re still mulling over your selection, and your dad/brother/mother-in-law/whoever has suitably low cholesterol and isn’t a vegetarian, do I ever have a solution for you: the Bacon of the Month Club from the Grateful Palate. Yeah, you heard me. Bacon. Of the month. It’s not exactly a bargain, but you get (uh, I mean, your giftee gets) different artisanally produced bacon every month, plus tchotchkes that include a bacon-themed T-shirt, a toy pig and—in my opinion, this is the kicker—an official membership card, so you (ahem—again, I mean the lucky recipient) can prove your bacontastic status to all and sundry. Among the potential selections are alder-, oak- and applewood-smoked bacons; hickory-and-juniper bacon; and a molasses and brown-sugar cured slab that the tasting notes say is “like Chateau d’Yquem of pig.” Now that’s what I call a gift.