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Eat-a-bug Cookbook: 33 ways to cook grasshoppers, ants, water bugs, spiders, centipedes, and their kin Paperback – June 1, 1998
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David George Gordon, author of The Compleat Cockroach, says eating protein-rich bugs is good for you ("Crickets are loaded with calcium, and termites are rich in iron), and good for the earth ("Raising cows, pigs, and sheep is a tremendous waste of the planet's resources, but bug ranching is pretty benign"). After all, what's inherently more disgusting about eating a grasshopper than, say, an oyster? Gordon enthusiastically provides recipes for terrestrial arthropods gleaned from the entomophagic appetites of people around the world, telling you which insects are most delicious and which to avoid, how to cook them, and which wine to drink with your many-legged meal. The recipes themselves are clear, easy to follow, and quite educational, with sidebar tidbits about the bugs you're about to eat. Gordon divides the recipes into sections by type of insect, be it grasshoppers, social insects, or "pantry pests." And, of course, he provides a list of places where you can order your edible insects and tips for catching your own. The Eat a Bug Cookbook is a sure kitchen conversation piece--even if you never try Three Bee Salad or Chocolate Cricket Torte, you'll laugh out loud, squirm uncomfortably, and lick your chops while taking this deliciously creepy culinary tour. --Therese Littleton
Praise for David George Gordon’s previous book, The Compleat Cockroach:
“Gordon’s enthusiasm–if not his affection–for his subject is contagious.” --Discover magazine
“His lighthearted text is informative and enjoyable.” --Scientific American
“A smorgasbord of information.” --Science News
“Yuck!” --Scott Simon, NPR Weekend Edition
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It is the perfect primer for the beginning bug-eater, and a wonderful compilation of information even for the informed entomophagist. I refer to, quote, and am inspired by this book on a regular basis. It is a great combination of broad knowledge and the author's own brand of snappy, humorous writing and great selection of illustrations and photos.
Beyond all of this, the recipes actually work. Regular people who've never knowingly eaten a bug in their life will take a bite and say, "Huh, that's pretty good, actually!"
With the world currently opening its eyes to the benefits of edible insects, this book will prove to be a significant contributor to the evolving foodscape.
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