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

Mmmm, yummy!

Jeannie R.

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.

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), jalapeƱo chapulines cornbread donuts!

This book lives up to its name!


This a wonderfully edited collection of recipes! The pictures are stellar, information thoughtfully written, and clear in its understanding of people's initial reservations. I appreciated the wine pairing pages--this truly is a complete guide. I also loved the resource lists by country! Honestly, once you consider the popularity of shrimp and soft shell crab, you start to realize how bug eating isn't so strange. Many countries already know the benefits of their consumption--the rest of us are just late to the game. Excellent book!

Of the many bug-related books that I have had the ...


Of the many bug-related books that I have had the pleasure to read over the years, this has been one of my favorites. In these times of expanding populations, it offers locus solutions and exciting meals.

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