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The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook: 40 Ways to Cook Crickets, Grasshoppers, Ants, Water Bugs, Spiders, Centipedes, and Their Kin


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With its stylish new package, updated information on the health and environmental benefits of insect eating, and breed-your-own instructions, this new edition of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook is the go-to resource for anyone interested in becoming an entomological epicure.

     Before Andrew Zimmern and Anthony Bourdain began seeking out exotic and outright bizarre foods,The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook established insect cuisine as the new food frontier and has sold consistently over the last decade. Today, insect eating is more than just a fringe movement and this revised edition of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook is a complete primer for everyone who wants to source, cook, and broaden their culinary horizons with edible insects.

About the Author

DAVID GEORGE GORDON is the award-winning author of 19 books. The freewheeling naturalist has been featured in the Wall Street JournalNew York TimesTime, Ripley's Believe It or NotNational Geographic Kids, and many other publications. He's been a guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, ABC's Nightline, and The View. Gordon is a popular guest speaker and regularly gives lectures and cooking demonstrations at venues such as the American Museum of Natural History, the San Diego Zoo, California Academy of Sciences, the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, the Smithsonian Institution, Yale University, and Singapore's Food Fest. He has also showcased his bug-based cuisine at elementary, middle, and high schools in 32 states and three foreign countries.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Embracing Entomophagy

Part One

Don’t Worry, Be Hoppy: Nine Culinary Leaps of Faith, Using Crickets, Grasshoppers, and Their Kin

Chapter 1: Cooking with Crickets

Niblets and Cricklets

Orthopteran Orzo

Chirpy Chex Party Mix

Crispy Crickets

Cricket Seasoning à la Vij’s

Bugs in a Rug

Chocolate Cricket Torte


Chapter 2: Grilled Grasshoppers, Creamed Katydids,

and Locusts Lovingly Prepared

Cream of Katydid Soup

Oaxacan Whoppers

St. John’s Bread

Sheesh! Kabobs

Really Hoppin’ John

Chapulines con Chocolate Fondue

Part Two

Togetherness: A Selection of Social Insects for Special Occasions

Chapter 3: Tantalizing Termites (The Other White Meat)

Curried Termite Stew

Termite Treats

Chapter 4: Beginning with Bees

Glory Bee

Three Bee Salad

Bee’s Knees

Chapter 5: Ants On (and In) the House

Ant Jemima’s Buckwheat-Bug Griddlecakes

Amaretto Honeypots

Ants in Pants

Pear Salad with Chiangbai Ants


Part Three

Who’s Buggin’ Whom? Nine Ways to Turn the Tables on Household and Garden Pests

Chapter 6: Preparing Pantry Pests

Cockroach à la King

Larval Latkes (a.k.a. Grubsteaks)

Chapter 7: Garden Grazers Alfresco

Wasabi Wax Worms

Superworm Tempura with Plum Dipping Sauce

Fried Green Tomato Hornworms



Alpha-Bait Soup

White Chocolate and Wax Worm Cookies

Part Four

Side Orders: A Smorgasbord of Treats from Assorted Arthropod Taxa

Chapter 8: Spineless Delights

Giant Water Bug on Watercress

Watermelon and Water Bug Surprise

Sweet and Sour Silkworm

Ample Drumsticks


Sky Prawn

Odonate Hors d’Oeuvres

Scorpion Scaloppine

Party Pupae

Deep-Fried Tarantula Spider



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Gordon, David George
Ten Speed Press
Nature Studies-General
Cooking and Food-General
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