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!
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What People Are Saying About Bugs for Beginners


For the 20% of us who are “weird” (and DON’T eat insects)

Marc

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!

drpboston

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.


easy (illustrated) introduction to insect cookin'

Kelsey Menzel

Makes for a friendly and easy entry into what might otherwise be unfamiliar terrain for a more global North palate. Very well written and engaging from the first page -- with wonderful photos to boot. Love the incorporation of flavors from the southwest US, too... especially my favorite (sounding), jalapeño chapulines cornbread donuts!


Give it a read even if you don't eat bugs

MES

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!)

Yum!

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