Food for a Sustainable Planet
The Definitive Guide to Insects as a Sustainable Food Source
In The Insect Cookbook, two entomologists and a chef make the case for insects as a sustainable source of protein for humans and a necessary part of our future diet. They provide consumers and chefs with the essential facts about insects for culinary use, with recipes simple enough to make at home yet boasting the international flair of the world's most chic dishes.
"Invite politicians to dinner and let them tell the world how delicious it is.... They will proudly go around and say, 'I ate crickets, I ate locusts, and they were delicious.'"--Kofi Annan
The Insect Cookbook features delicious recipes and interviews with top chefs, insect farmers, political figures, and nutrition experts, including chef René Redzepi, whose establishment was elected three times as "best restaurant of the world"; Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations; and Daniella Martin of Girl Meets Bug. The book contains all you need to know about cooking with insects, where to buy them, which ones are edible, and how to store and prepare them at home and in commercial spaces.
An attractive mixture of background information on insects, their anatomy and history of use in food and other products, food culture, recipes, and interviews. It is very carefully prepared and a pleasure to read.
Job Ubbink, Food Concept and Physical Design of "The Mill," Switzerland
Beautifully presented and well written, The Insect Cookbook has a variety of authorities to support its case that we need to consider incorporating insects into our diets for ecological reasons.
Theresia de Vroom, Marymount Institute for Faith
...[E]ntomologists Arnold van Huis and Marcel Dicke team up with chef Henk van Gurp for a pragmatic introduction to entomophagy, covering insect farming, nutrition and cuisine. Tarte tatin with chocolate-coated grasshoppers? With 2 billion of us already popping mealworms and more, this is a case of joining the crowd.
This thoroughly enjoyable entomophagy primer is much more than a cookbook and, due to its interesting vignette style, keeps the reader's attention firmly fixed throughout. It pushes the boundaries of what is acceptable - an important thing to do at a time of such radical environmental destruction... this could constitute the next great culinary revolution.
1. Insects: Essential and Delicious
Six Legs and Other Features
Eating Insects: "A Question of Education", by Kofi Annan
Cooking with Edible Insects
"You Have to Eat Away the Fear", by Pierre Wind
Everyone Eats Insects
Shrimp or Grasshopper?
"I Could Eat Insects Anytime, Day or Night", by Harmke Klunder
Weaver Ants in Asia
Wasp Larvae in Japan
Termites: A Royal Meal
Lake Flies in East Africa
"The Tortillas from Way Back When", by Edoardo Ramos Anaya
Spirited Caterpillars in Mexico
Long-Horned Grasshoppers in East Africa
"Insects Are Buzzing All Around Me", by Johan Verbon
Recipes: Five Snacks
Bugsit Goreng (Fried Wontons)
Mini Spring Rolls
2. Is It Healthy?
Fish Friday, Meatloaf Wednesday, Insect Tuesday, by Margot Calis
"A World That Works", by Marian Peters
Eating Insects Safely
What Kinds of Insects Can Be Eaten?
Insect Consumption and Health
Recipes: Five Appetizers
Flower Power Salad
3. Eating Insects: Naturally!
"Some People Won't Try Anything New", by Jan Ruig
Recipes: Eleven Entrées
Tagliatelle with Creamy Herb Sauce
Wild Mushroom Risotto
Chili con Carne
"Valuable, Abundant, and Available to Everybody", by Daniella Martin
"Bonbon Sauterelle", by Robèrt Van Beckhoven
Cochineal from Peru
Maggot Cheese in Sardinia
Palm Beetles in the Tropics
Dragonfly Larvae in China
Recipes: Five Festive Dishes
"An Exploration of Deliciousness", by René Redzepi
"The Next Generation's Shrimp Cocktail", by Katja Gruijters
Spiders in Cambodia
Moths in Italy and Australia
Recipes: Six Desserts
Buffalo Cinnamon Cookies
4. On the Future and Sustainability
Mopane Caterpillars in Southern Africa
Silk Moth Pupae in China
Food for Astronauts
"I've Always Put Everything in My Mouth", by Jan Fabre
Shellac from India
Jumping Plant Lice in South Africa and Australia
Insects: A Sustainable Alternative to Meat
"A New Episode in the History of Our Civilization", by Herman Wijffels
Insect Consumption: A Global Perspective, by Paul Vantomme
Insect Consumption: The Future
Resources and Suppliers
Learn how to make Hopper Kebabs and Buglava:
Read an excerpt from The Insect Cookbook:
2014 First Place Winner for Cookbooks, San Francisco Green Book Festival