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The most wholesome source of protein on earth cannot be found in any supermarket in the United States, but it can be found right in your backyard! Insects have been a staple food of almost every indigenous culture, not only because of their delicious flavor but also they provide a more complete protein than soy, meat, or fish and are concentrated sources of calcium, niacin, magnesium, potassium, the B-vitamins, and many other nutrients. As the world heads for food shortages in the next century, insects are the only choice that can meet humanity's growing nutritional needs.

Creepy Crawly Cuisine tells you everything you need to know to make insects part of your diet. It includes an overview of the use of edible insects by indigenous cultures, information on where to obtain insects and how to store and prepare them, and over fifty gourmet recipes, complete with stunning color photographs, that let you take the cooking of insects to dazzling culinary heights. Greet your guests at the door with Stink Bug Paté, then let them nibble on Cricket Croquettes over drinks. Curried Grasshoppers or Agave Worms in White Wine Sauce make perfect entrées and Ant Flan will leave your guests savoring a meal they will never forget. As practical as it is unique, Creepy Crawly Cuisine is the ideal gift for followers of the Diet for a Small Planet, adventurous epicures, and cooks who think they have seen it all.

JULIETA RAMOS-ELORDUY, Ph.D., is one of the world's foremost authorities on edible insects. She has worked extensively with Native American tribes in Mexico and is a professor in the Institute of Biology at the National University of Mexico in Mexico City. PETER MENZEL is one of Napa Valley's leading photographers. He is the author of Material World: A global Family Portrait.

About the Author

Julieta Ramos-Elorduy is one of the world's foremost authorities on edible insects. She has worked extensively with Native American tribes in Mexico and is a professor in the Institute of Biology at the National University of Mexico in Mexico City. Peter Menzel is one of Napa Valley's leading photographers. He is the author of Material World: A global Family Portrait.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Park Street Press; Original ed. edition (February 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089281747X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892817474
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of this book is probably the world's foremost authority on entomophagy. I consider this book the best entomophagy book in print. The book is thorough in its coverage of the value of insects as human food. The author is a superb cook and the recipes are delicious and very artfully prepared and photographed.
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okay so i've never eaten a bug- but i love reading about the subject! My best friend gave me this book for my sucky birthday! lol- and it totally rocks...
Julieta gives great nutritional advice on different bugs and descries each bugs particular flavor in reference to things common that we know of.... it is well written and very informative from calories to essential amino acids to proteins and vitamins... the book covers different countries in it's concise and informative beginning. I also liked the fact that the author gives you the actual family and genus name of the species.
the photos however are why i gave the book 4 stars.... most of the photos i feel as if i had already seen in "man eating bugs" because the same photographer helped publish both books... i never really tried the recipes of course.. but julieta does give helpful resources and advice on breeding your own bugs for food!
Loved it read it several times.... get it for your collection!
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This is great for introduceing someone to the idea of eating bugs. I wish they had a little more on gathering your own insects, like how to dig up an ant hill and seperate the ants from the dirt. With the econmie the way it is and doomsday prepping on the rise we may see more gathering and consumeing insects in western culture.
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This is the best book i have read about edible insects, i find it rare but exciting, after you read this book you will go to your garden and gather some insects.
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This book contains some great recipes with a south-of-theborder-flavour, but all the same, you may find some of these bugs a tad bit exotic . . . where in the world can you get a half-pound of tree-hoppers anyway? So this might be a bit much for the novice without special resources, but on the whole is well worth the money.
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It was FUN to gross the kids out. Not much get to them but the thought of eating bug creeped them out and made me laugh. I think that bug will be on our menu soon. They are high I protein and cheap to breed. This book is a wonderful introduction to the future of food!
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I was quite disappointed in this book. The book does have a few good recipies, but is very limited in scope. Of the over 1400 edibile insects, this book covers only a very, very few. Not only were very few insects mentioned, the book offers NO keys to indentify the insects and certianly very little advice on the gathering of them. The book does list a few places were insects can be bought, but that, in my opinion goes against what if feel is the better idea of collecting your own. If you collect your own, you help control the damage done by insects and reduce the need for chemical control. We have plenty of insects, I don't feel that we need to raise more.
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This book is a treasure for all entomaphogists! A variety of tasty insect recipes form Mexico make for excellent dining. Highly recommended.
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