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Insects - yummy!

Posted on 11 September 2014.

A quiche topped with red peppers and small larvae, tabbouleh with cherry tomatoes, apricots and a few crickets... Or how about a wild mushroom and mealworm risotto?

Just some of the recipes you can find in The Insect Cookbook: Food for a Sustainable Planet.

According to its three authors - Arnold Van Huis and Marcel Dicke, both entomologists at Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and the chef Henk van Gurp - there's no doubt about it, insects should be included in our diet. With an estimated nine billion people in the world by 2050, insects are a widely available alternative source of protein that is both healthy and environmentally friendly. Two billion people already consume more than 1900 different species. It’s just a question of convincing people in the Western world that have a cultural aversion to insects - which is what The Insect Cookbook aims to do!

This amazing book will tell you all about insects. Why and how to eat them. What they taste of and their nutritional properties. The Insect Cookbook explores the culinary possibilities offered by insects and provides a fascinating overview of the regions where people most enjoy eating them. In addition to the thirty or so recipes that can be easily reproduced at home, the authors talked to some top chefs, opinion leaders, experts and insect breeders. You can read their interviews with René Redzepi, the Michelin starred chef of the famous Noma restaurant in Copenhagen (voted the world’s best restaurant), Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace prizewinner, and Daniela Martin, an enthusiastic eater of "critters" with six legs and the person behind Girl Meets Bug. They each talk about their first experience of entomophagy and advocate for introducing this new food in the Western world - which could help fight hunger. A book you will want to devour!

The Insect Cookbook: Food for a Sustainable Planet (in English)
Arnold van Huis, Henk van Gurp, and Marcel Dicke
Columbia University Press
March, 2014

For more information:

- A book published by the FAO - Edible insects: Future prospects for food and feed security