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The Definitive Guide to Insects as a Sustainable Food Source
In The Insect Cookbook, two entomologists and a chef make the case for insects as a sustainable source of protein for humans and a necessary part of our future diet. They provide consumers and chefs with the essential facts about insects for culinary usewhere to buy them, which ones are edible, and how to store and prepare themwith recipes simple enough to make at home yet boasting the international flair of the world's most chic dishes.
|Publisher:||Columbia University Press|
|Series:||Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Arnold van Huis is emeritus professor of tropical entomology at Wageningen University and is a consultant on insects as food and feed to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Henk van Gurp is a cooking instructor at the Rijn IJssel Hotel and Tourism School in Wageningen and has been involved with entomophagy (the eating of insects) for almost twenty years.
Marcel Dicke is professor of entomology at Wageningen University and Rhodes Professor at Cornell University. In 2006, he and his team organized the Wageningen–City of Insects festival.
Table of Contents
1. Insects: Essential and Delicious
Six Legs and Other Features
Eating Insects: "A Question of Education", by Kofi Annan
Cooking with Edible Insects
"You Have to Eat Away the Fear", by Pierre Wind
Everyone Eats Insects
Shrimp or Grasshopper?
"I Could Eat Insects Anytime, Day or Night", by Harmke Klunder
Weaver Ants in Asia
Wasp Larvae in Japan
Termites: A Royal Meal
Lake Flies in East Africa
"The Tortillas from Way Back When", by Edoardo Ramos Anaya
Spirited Caterpillars in Mexico
Long-Horned Grasshoppers in East Africa
"Insects Are Buzzing All Around Me", by Johan Verbon
Recipes: Five Snacks
Bugsit Goreng (Fried Wontons)
Mini Spring Rolls
2. Is It Healthy?
Fish Friday, Meatloaf Wednesday, Insect Tuesday, by Margot Calis
"A World That Works", by Marian Peters
Eating Insects Safely
What Kinds of Insects Can Be Eaten?
Insect Consumption and Health
Recipes: Five Appetizers
Flower Power Salad
3. Eating Insects: Naturally!
"Some People Won't Try Anything New", by Jan Ruig
Recipes: Eleven Entrées
Tagliatelle with Creamy Herb Sauce
Wild Mushroom Risotto
Chili con Carne
"Valuable, Abundant, and Available to Everybody", by Daniella Martin
"Bonbon Sauterelle", by Robèrt Van Beckhoven
Cochineal from Peru
Maggot Cheese in Sardinia
Palm Beetles in the Tropics
Dragonfly Larvae in China
Recipes: Five Festive Dishes
"An Exploration of Deliciousness", by René Redzepi
"The Next Generation's Shrimp Cocktail", by Katja Gruijters
Spiders in Cambodia
Moths in Italy and Australia
Recipes: Six Desserts
Buffalo Cinnamon Cookies
4. On the Future and Sustainability
Mopane Caterpillars in Southern Africa
Silk Moth Pupae in China
Food for Astronauts
"I've Always Put Everything in My Mouth", by Jan Fabre
Shellac from India
Jumping Plant Lice in South Africa and Australia
Insects: A Sustainable Alternative to Meat
"A New Episode in the History of Our Civilization", by Herman Wijffels
Insect Consumption: A Global Perspective, by Paul Vantomme
Insect Consumption: The Future
Resources and Suppliers
What People are Saying About This
The book is beautifully presented, well-written, and has a variety of authorities to support its case that we need to consider incorporating insects into our diets for ecological reasons.
An attractive mixture of background information on insects, their anatomy, history of use in food and other products, food culture, recipes and interviews, Van Huis' book is very carefully prepared and a pleasure to read.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Okay, so while reading this book, I discovered something very disturbing: I have Entomophagophobia. This basically translates to ‘A fear of eating bugs’. Didn’t know I had it, but now I certainly do! I spent the first half of this book gagging at just the thought of eating the food described. The authors have attempted to introduce a very interesting topic: how do we convince the world to eat more bugs? It’s a great idea, by doing so we could help famine stricken countries by giving them the protein they so desperately need – and in a dose that is both likely more readily available as well as containing more nutrients and iron per gram than more traditional protein sources. Added to the equation is the fact that less land will have to be cleared and there will be a significant lowering of the protein carbon footprint thanks to the consumption of insects over hamburgers. Will the western world succumb though? The authors do their best to try and entice the reader into an entomo-enriched diet. There are plenty of recipes that cover many different cultures in an effort to tease people with their proclaimed culinary delight. Will it work though? Honestly, I’m not so sure. Yet something weird happened two thirds of the way through this book, once they mentioned the fact that people eat honey (which, in a nutshell, is bee vomit), I started to be okay with this concept. This probably should have been the main focal point for the authors if they want westerners to try bugs, rather than the ‘save the world‘ route they took. At times it really felt like the authors were forcing insect cuisine on the reader. Then, at other times, there was a feeling that they were almost looking down on the readers, with their ‘we just need to trick the dumb humans into eating bugs and then we will be able to control the masses‘ attitude (at times). Yet, reading the interaction between the authors and the people they interviewed talk about their passion for bugs and treating them as a food source was inspiring. Overall, I am giving The Insect Cookbook: Food for a Sustainable Planet by Arnold van Huis, Henk van Gurp and Marcel Dicke 3 out of 5 stars.