The insect cookbook: food for a sustainable planet.

The insect cookbook: food for a sustainable planet. Arnold Van Huis.
The insect cookbook: food for a sustainable planet.

New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. Octavo, laminated boards, colour photographs.

Insects will be appearing on our store shelves, menus, and plates within the decade. In this book, 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. Insects are delicious and healthy. A large proportion of the world's population eats them as a delicacy. In Mexico, roasted ants are considered a treat, and the Japanese adore wasps. Insects not only are a tasty and versatile ingredient in the kitchen, but also are full of protein. Furthermore, insect farming is much more sustainable than meat production.

This cookbook contains delicious recipes; interviews with top chefs, insect farmers, political figures, and nutrition experts (including chef Rene 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); and all you want to know about cooking with insects, teaching twenty-first-century consumers where to buy insects, which ones are edible, and how to store and prepare them at home and in commercial spaces.

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