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
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.
easy (illustrated) introduction to insect cookin'
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
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!)