Bug books for curious cooks
Entomophagy, or humans eating insects, is an accepted practice in much of the world. Insects can be a nutritious and environmentally friendly source of food, according to proponents. Are you curious about the possibilities? Two Cricket Cooking Classes will be offered (March 4 and March 7) as part of Bug Week at Anythink Wright Farms (March 1-7). For anyone interested in reading about entomophagy, or perhaps even trying some different recipes, the following books are worth digesting.
- The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook: 40 Ways to Cook Crickets, Grasshoppers, Ants, Waterbugs, Spiders, Centipedes and Their Kin by David G. Gordon. A valuable primer for anyone interested in eating insects. Contains practical instructions and numerous recipes. Shelved in Cooking.
- Spider-tizers and Other Creepy Treats by Meish Goldish. An introduction to entomophagy for kids. Describes specific bugs eaten around the world and includes a map. Shelved in Juvenile Cooking.
- Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet by Daniella Martin. An exploration of entomophagy and culture that argues for the necessity of the practice. Provides a list of edible insects and some recipes. Shelved in Farming.
- Bugs for Lunch by Margery Facklam. A rhyming story about who eats bugs. Shows young readers how bugs can be food for humans and animals. Shelved in Juvenile Animals Bugs.
If you’re intrigued by insects, but not interested in ingesting them, perhaps instead consume these books on bees and honey production, all shelved in Farming.
- Keeping Bees and Making Honey by Alison Benjamin.
- Keeping Bees with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Tend Hives, Harvest Honey, & More by Ashley English.
- The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook: a Guide to Creating, Harvesting, and Cooking with Natural Honeys by Kim Flottum.
Are you fearless with food? If so, perhaps these books will help you to become an entomological epicure.