In 2002, Aidells gracefully exited the company in order to pursue writing full-time; he’s authored around a dozen books now, the latest being a 645-page tome devoted entirely to meat. (He also designed a home in Healdsburg affectionately known as “The House That Sausage Built”, though he admits his wife, Nancy Oakes, celebrated chef-owner of San Francisco’s Boulevard restaurant, doesn’t necessarily share the love for the nickname.)
The company that still bears Aidells’ name has moved in the same direction; their website offers offers page after page of recipes showcasing the likes of Sausage and Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie, Pork Loin Stuffed with Spring Greens and Andouille Sausage, and the excellently named Taco Bar. They’ve also introduced innovative takes on breakfast varieties, “minis”, salame, hot dogs, lunch meat, and lots and lots of meatballs, which they spike with everything from carmelized onions to spicy mango & jalapeno.
So when you’re considering where your next sausage is coming from, skip the greasy pan-fried stuff and head out for something along the lines of the Tur-doggin’, found in its natural environment on North Clybourn Street in Chicago, or Denver’s “Doglorean”, which apparently will hit your taste buds at 88mph. There’s also nothing holding you back from staying in and cooking up the most interesting dinner in the world on your own grill -- especially since, unlike Bruce Aidells, you don’t have to grind your own.