Bugs for Beginners is a cookbook which teaches you everything you need to know to start cooking and eating insects.
What You'll Learn from Bugs for Beginners:
- How to cook insects
- The safety of eating insects
- Nutritional content of the most accessible insects
- Bug and wine pairing
- ...and more!
Bugs for Beginners Has:
- 150+ images of...
- 86 recipes by...
- 20+ contributors from...
- 10+ countries
...and everything you need to start eating bugs!
What People Are Saying About Bugs for Beginners
This book is fantastic.
If you are curious about eating bugs this book is perfect! Ms Dai Zovi presents information clearly and with some humor - I really appreciated that she didn't push the politics of insect farming vs animal farming (even though that's definitely one of the reasons I want to find out more about eating insects) and there were plenty of references supplied for me to expand my reading.
The introduction to the book explains a bit about how Ms. Dai Zovi discovered something that most of the world has been doing forever - and she's right to ask us to consider how weird it is that we (in the US) DON'T do it, rather than it being weird that everyone else does it. A lot of useful information is given about safety, storage and sourcing, and there's a helpful little bug icon guide that explains how 'buggy' each dish is.
The recipes are straight forward in method. Links are supplied for some of the ingredients, as well as substitutes (hello, Mantuan Pumpkin). I'm really excited about the Green Posole with Waxworms and the Pineapple Crick Sticks but I think I will work my way up to those dishes via some of the cricket powder based recipes first.
For the 20% of us who are “weird” (and DON’T eat insects)
Refreshingly non-preachy and written for the westerner who is very new to or simply curious about the idea of eating insects, this well-written and educational book is sure to fill a major gap for many food lovers.
The author encourages us to 'ease in' to the idea of eating insects with lots of helpful background information and a handy 'buggy-ness' rating for each recipe. Complete with educational anecdotes, food safety advice, pictures, and step-by-step instructions, this book is great for explorers and for the merely curious alike.
Can't Wait to Chow Down!
Dai Zovi writes personally as though you are in a chat with her. This, with also not being a dietary creed, make for easily accessible and enjoyable reading.
The occasional historical, gastronomical and cultural factoids liven the writing and made me keep turning the pages.
Beautiful photos and easy-to-follow recipes make the whole enterprise enticing and approachable. With the basics broken down into intuitive chapters (there is even a quick glance taste guide!), while also stretching the craft and cuisine, 'Bugs for Beginners' will be THE go-to guide for many years.
Give it a read even if you don't eat bugs
Clearly explained recipes and thoughtful descriptions accompanied by attractive photographs make this a fun read even if you don't plan to make the recipes.
The information presented, as well as the recipes (which vary widely in their bugginess), are a great resource for those who want to give bug-eating a try, as well as for those who just want to learn more about it. The explanations are clear, thorough and well-researched, with just the right amount of humor.
If you do want to give the recipes a try, the ingredients are clearly explained (it even tells you all the ways you can procure various insects); the steps are easy to follow and the pictures showcase the beauty of insect-gourmet (even if you can't see them, they're there!)