Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insects
The team behind the critically and popularly acclaimed anthropological photoessays MATERIAL WORLD and WOMEN IN THE MATERIAL WORLD make their debut on our list with this oddly tantalizing book about a subject that's creeping into prominence: insects as food for people. With the distinctive blend of thoughtful cultural inquiry, intrepid exploration, and sumptuous photography that has earned them worldwide renown, the authors document the practice and history of entomophagy around the globe, discovering that insects are a nutritious, plentiful, and varied food source. From Mexico, where people celebrate the annual Jumile Festival with bug hunts and beauty queens, to China, where whole families make their livings from scorpion ranches, over a dozen bug-eating countries (including the USA!) are profiled in MAN EATING BUGS. Each chapter examines a culture through a stunning array of location photos, interviews with locals, and highlights from the authors' field journals, as well as carefully photographed indigenous recipes. A colorful, beautiful, and intelligent book.
Awards1999 James Beard Award Winner
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Why did I read this? Not because I am interested in eating bugs or insects - but because this topic came up during our groug read of Half of a Yellow Sun and this made me curious. I knew already about the fact that bugs are a very good protein source and I have heard about roasted grasshoppers and have seen scorpions in a candy (Aargh, my son ate that). I love food and although I can be quite picky, in general I am quite open in trying different foods, but where something slimy or hairy is involved my openess stops. In this book Peter Menzel and his wife Faith introduce us to the different cultures in the world where eating bugs and insects are part of their life style. In the way of journal entries alternating between him and his wife, they show us through their eyes and lots of stunning photos, the diversity of people's lives and their cultures. They also highlight that largely due to the western influence and the availabillity of ready meals the traditional diets are more and more abandoned, and because it can be very difficult and time consuming to hunt for some of the "delicacies". I thought it was very entertaining and laced with lots of humor, especially that "Peter" was always very enthusiastic about each new bug meal and very detailed in his descriptions - even giving us some receipes from time to time. And his wife "Faith" more apprehensive, more aware about her western upbringing and more hesitant to try these meals. All in all a brilliant read, which I can recommend to anyone in wanting to find out a little bit more about entomophagy around the world. At the end of the day it is not that much of a step from eating snails, shrimps and oysters to eating grasshoppers.
Review: Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating InsectsUser Review - Goodreads
This book is what it is. It's a food travel diary with some cool pictures. I enjoyed it. The writing was pretty entertaining, though fairly repetitive. Wish it had tried harder in terms of information ...
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Ronald L. Taylor,Barbara J. Carter
No preview available - 1996