Sex and Bacon by Sarah Katherine Lewis


Sex and Bacon is based on Sarah Katherine Lewis’ collection of short essays. In the book, she shared her favorite recipes which most were “cook to impress” that guarantee you’d get laid.

We are talking about a woman who loves sex and a whole table of finger licking good food.

Sarah is very open in her writing; straight to the point, loveable, witty in her words, laugh out loud funny, honest and most of all, encouraging.

The level of her honesty that she brings out in the book was refreshing and mind-boggling at the same time. Sarah talked about her past working in a sex industry, where she spilled out all the dirty deeds that either make you choke on laughing or totally gross out.

I love her stories about the people that she once called her lover, her experiments with food and her view of life. You wouldn’t think a former sex worker could have something morally right to say about life, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Turned out that she has her heart and mind in the right place, and her opinion about the world and our society is on point.

You don’t have to agree with her, she’s just telling you the truth, about her life.

What I got out from the author of Sex and Bacon is that she’s very driven by passion, and honesty. She’s not ashamed of her past, but she also admitted that she’s done things that she wasn’t proud of. I think she has a very good understanding of people.

She makes you feel like you two are BFF, and you could just sit down with her and have a heart-to-heart conversation. Over a big plate of fried chicken and a bottle of cheap, red wine! Nonetheless, she’s hella funny to hang out with.

If you’re able to keep up with the book, you’ll notice how it changed its tune towards the end. While she was in the middle of writing her book, Sarah struggled with a lot of issues. For months, she didn’t have money to pay her rent, couldn’t afford to buy food nor get medical care. She got into deep depression and it was the time when her partner left her too. So she wrote about it – all of it.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I also love how she writes and I truly admire Sarah Katherine Lewis as a person. I think she’s a brave woman and deserves some sort of recognition. There were many things that she shared in the book that were insightful and admirable. There was this story, where a sex client paid Sarah to say “I love you” to him but she refused, because she didn’t want to lie about love. I mean you gotta respect her for that, at least.

Sarah’s language is very colorful and bold. She uses words like fuck and shit like there’s no sunshine tomorrow. Obviously, she’s not being offensive. Just her way to express herself, but if that’s too much for you to handle, then you should stay away from all her books.

The author’s recipes are like Holy Bible of Getting Laid :D which I’ve already made a mental note that I must try them at some point.

helen nguyen