Friday, March 07, 2008
No Cheese Please
It's a clear writerly mix of "food and fornication," no doubt. And that's probably what has everyone buzzing about Sex and Bacon: Why I Love Things That Are Very, Very Bad For Me, an essay collection coming out in May from Seal Press, by former adult film actress, Sarah Katherine Lewis.
Lewis' take on frying chicken is "a wild, feral act of meat-loving debauchery," and she compares fat (of all things)to a pair of black boots: "It goes with anything, always adds a welcome flair, and gives you a sexy, ass-swaying strut." (Um...ookay. Never really thought about fat in those exact terms before, but, er...okay.)
But after pages of delighting in everything from raw whale meat to three pounds of bacon ("just enough" according to her for, okay...nevermind), to things you probably don’t even want to know about, Lewis says she draws the line at cheese. Something she admits she "cannot contemplate eating without breathing deliberately, to avoid retching." (Is it just me -- or does this sound pretty much like your average, everyday I'll-put-anything-in-my-mouth-but-that kind of a confession?) Hmmm....
And of course, we won't go into what Lewis memorably refers to as "cheese rape." Um, no, we won't.
In any event, Sex and Bacon is touted as being quite a unique kind of lovefest -- with Lewis not being your average, run-of-the-mill food writer.