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These Pictures Might Tempt You To Eat Bugs

Posted by on Jul. 18, 2013 at 10:32 PM
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These Pictures Might Tempt You To Eat Bugs

Sheesh! kebabs can be made with frozen katydids, grasshoppers or other large-bodied arthropods.

Sheesh! kebabs can be made with frozen katydids, grasshoppers or other large-bodied arthropods.

Chugrad McAndrews/From The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook

Oh, Jiminy Cricket, you've never looked more scrumptious.

OK, so that photo isn't Jiminy but a close relative — a katydid — on a kabob. It's one of several enticing images of insect cuisine included in the new, revised edition of The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook, by avowed entomophagist (i.e., bug eater) David George Gordon.

The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook

40 Ways to Cook Crickets, Grasshoppers, Ants, Water Bugs, Spiders, Centipedes, and Their Kin

by , and

Paperback, 126 pages




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When the book landed on my desk the other day, I couldn't help lingering over its arresting cover photo of an arthropod dipped in chocolate sauce. Rather than being icky, the image was — dare I say it? — almost appetizing. And in a culture where "" – glamorized photography of meals – has become inescapable, I wondered, is this what it will take to get the world to embrace insect cookery?

Well, not really — 80 percent of the world population already eats bugs, as Gordon writes. In fact, bugs are on the menu, he says, pretty much everywhere except the U.S., Canada and Europe. In other words, we're the weirdos.

But, as we've reported before, plenty of people are trying to change that – from to the . Insects are nutritious, plentiful and better for the environment than other sources of protein, like beef cattle, advocates say.

While such arguments may sway the minds of the well-intentioned, they don't exactly make mouths water. That's where books like Gordon's come in.

Less earnest than cheeky, his cookbook aims to lure you to try bugs the old-fashioned way: by making them sound – and look – like epicurean delights.

There's advice for catching and growing your crunchy protein source. And of course, there are plenty of recipes – chocolate fondue, curried stews, soups and latkes, among others — designed to please the palate and tempt the eyes.

"The bugs in my recipes look good," he says. "They are visual as well as gastronomic delights."

Fried green tomato hornworms

Fried green tomato hornworms

Chugrad McAndrews/ Reprinted with permission from The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook

"Presentation," he adds, "is everything."

The book is sprinkled with fascinating historical, cultural and scientific tidbits, too. Including the fact that, far from being the latest "eco-friendly" food trend, bug-eating has had advocates in the Western world for centuries.

Gordon recommends dusting the deep-fried tarantula spider with smoked paprika.

Gordon recommends dusting the deep-fried tarantula spider with smoked paprika.

Chugrad McAndrews/Reprinted with permission from The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook

In 1885, Gordon tells readers, Vincent M. Holt penned a manifesto, , exhorting his fellow Englishmen to tackle hunger among the peasantry by turning to Britain's abundance of creepy crawlies.

Like Gordon did more than a century later, Holt also attempted to lure gourmands: His treatise included two sample menus for eight-course dinners, with fancy-sounding fare like Fricasse de Poulets aux Chrysalides (boiled neck of mutton with wireworm sauce).

"Alas," Gordon notes, "no recipes were included in his book." It's a mistake The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook doesn't repeat.

So, dear reader, do these images go any ways toward swaying you toward a spider for supper?


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stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 10:49 PM
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Nope.  No effing way.

*shivers*

If I am going to eat a bug it had better not look anything like a bug at all.  Grind it up or something and MAYBE I will try it to be green and renewable.  But that spider?  I honestly could NOT do it.

UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Nope.

I'll eat almost anything...tounge, head cheese, mountain oysters...I'd even try dog meat. Not bugs. God...id eat a person before id eat a grub.
LCG83
by Bronze Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Barf!!!!!!!
DusterMommy
by Bronze Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Nope. Didn't tempt me in the slightest.
romalove
by Roma on Jul. 18, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Not only am I not tempted, I'm now not hungry at all.

For anything.

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Jul. 18, 2013 at 10:54 PM
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Fuck. I knew better than to look.
quickbooksworm
by Silver Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Christ on a cracker. It is not making me want to eat bugs but I don't ever want to eat at anyone's house again.
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sillytime
by Bronze Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 10:56 PM

wish I could bu i just cant omg nope definitely can not throwing up

lovinmykiddo07
by Bronze Member on Jul. 18, 2013 at 10:57 PM

NO FUCKING WAY. ESPECIALLY to the grasshoppers. 

survivorinohio
by René on Jul. 18, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Uh, no.

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