Bacon, bacon, bacon: Say that word three times fast. Why? Because bacon makes you, the person to your left (or right), and us happy. It's not a cliché food. It's not just a trend. Bacon makes breakfast sandwiches better and fried rice nice. It puts the "B" in BLT. It makes our hearts do a little extra pitter-patter—and we don't mind one bit. To prove it, here are 18 recipes that bring home the bacon.
Photos by Phyllis Grant (panzanella), James Ransom, Bobbi Lin, and Mark Weinberg