Now that I have your attention, let's talk! 

So I got this wonderful little book in the mail the other day called "Recipes Every Man Should Know," by super-food blogger Susan Russo and co-author Brett Cohen. It is a small, black book that had me instantly intrigued. You see, my hubby, does not cook. I mean not even close. I left the book on the table where he usually sits to work to see what would happen. He wandered in and picked it up. Said it sounded like a great idea. Then he opened it and started reading out the names of some of the dishes: Sweet potato fries, beer bread, beer margarita, wow beer float (are you getting the theme here?). His next comment, rightly so, was about how simple and easy the recipes looked and sounded. I kept waiting for the "I can try to cook these myself," but it did not come. Instead, he opened up a can of beer and sat down to read the book. I left him and his little black book alone. 

After an hour or so, he called out to me. "Let's make a deal.. I will make the beer margaritas if you make the bacon guacamole."

Susan got him in the kitchen! And the results? Well, see for yourself!

  Bacon-guacamole1Photo for Life of Spice by Sala Kannan (www.veggiebelly.com) 

Bacon Guacamole (adapted from Recipes Every man should know by Susan Russo and Brett Cohen (Quirk books, 2010)

About 15 minutes

Makes 6-8 servings

 6 slices of bacon

Flesh of 3 ripe avocados

1 medium tomato, chopped

4 scallions (white parts only) finely chopped

Juice of 1 lime

A couple pinches of salt

A couple dashes of hot sauce

Small handful of fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped. 


1. Place bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook until crisp. Drain on a paper-towel lined plate. Chop into small pieces. 

2. Combine remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until chunky. Stir in bacon. 

And OF COURSE, we are giving away a copy to a lucky Life of Spice reader. Simply leave a comment here about why you want to win AND post the giveaway on FB or Twitter!

Winner will be announced on Dec 7th at 5:00 pm 

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  1. This would be great for my fella!

  2. I’d love to win a copy of this for my son. For him, any food with bacon (or beer?!?) would probably be a dream come true. 😉

  3. I would be interested to win this because I could use some of these recipes with my (little) boys’ cooking club!!

  4. Everything is better with bacon

  5. Heheh… love the bargaining by the hubby. Thanks for the wonderful post, Monica! You’re fabulous!

  6. Looks really yummy and love the way the texture of the guacamole comes out in this recipe!

  7. I love interesting and fun cookbooks!

  8. Pork Fat Rules – bacon makes everything taste better and with fabulous cocktails too- this is a must have book!

  9. LOL Monica, this book sounds perfect for my son! Though I have to say he has been in the kitchen more than your hubby, making a complete Indian meal once right down to the Gulab Jamuns!

  10. Winner is Raisa Berriz! Please email me your addy!!

  11. I like the sound of adding bacon to guacamole!

  12. Heaven on a taco chip!

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