July 21, 2008

Spiders and Songbirds and Snake hearts, oh my!

Filed under: food — origamifreak @ 10:06 pm
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Browsing internet media can take a person to some strange places. Case in point, tonight I was listening to a podcast from This American Life, #116, their 2001 Poultry Slam show.

In this podcast one food writer discussed eating a live, shelled prawn in a Korean restaurant in Los Angeles. Another writer described recreating Francois Mitterrand’s last meal, which included ortolan.

Not content with the verbal description, I of course had to Google ortolan, and ran across the MSN story, “7 Foods for the Fearless Eater.” This story mentioned a book titled “In the Devil’s Garden: A Sinful History Of Forbidden Food.” With a title like that, how can one resist? So I requested it from the library.

That book led me to another, which also sounds good:”Spice:the history of a Temptation.” Which I also requested.

For the record, I have eaten some pretty interesting things in my travels: sea cucumber, jellyfish, whole roasted crabs, and balut. The only things I’ve ever turned down were natto (although I’ve eaten it in sushi) and limburger, which are actually kind-of similar to each other, with the whole bacterial rotting thing going on. Apparently it is possible to also have interesting culinary adventures without leaving home



  1. Ah, but have you ever had pressed duck?

    Comment by Terminus Est — July 22, 2008 @ 5:23 pm | Reply

  2. Why, no, I have not. But I would.

    Have you?

    Comment by origamifreak — July 22, 2008 @ 8:10 pm | Reply

  3. I knew about the finch but was not aware it was still being eaten. I suppose
    since slaughterhouses still routinely keep kidney stones found in cattle under lock and key to sell to Asia and harvest fetal blood from pregnant cows to sell it should follow.

    There is a book I ran across once in the library about foods eaten in other places in the world that we might find disturbing or disgusting. Lots of photos. Snakes, primates, insects, etc.

    Comment by jpm14 — July 23, 2008 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

  4. Oh, dear! I went to that site called “The Sneeze” and read about this guy Steve eating all manner of disgusting stuff! I’m not sure I should have – up until that point I hadn’t realised my ‘food prejudice’ list was sooooooo long!!!! Wow! Priceless.

    Comment by Lisa Fagg — August 2, 2008 @ 3:17 pm | Reply

  5. Yeah, actually I can’t get through the whole site. My eyes start skipping whole sections right around the can of corn fungus. I think it’s an involuntary defense mechanism, of some sort.

    Comment by origamifreak — August 3, 2008 @ 2:41 am | Reply

  6. Eeeiiii! I managed to get thorough the corn fungus part, somehow – by that stage I really thought that guy would eat any bloody thing so I was ready! It was awful to see the photo of a healthy kernel beside the diseased one, though!

    Comment by Lisa Fagg — August 3, 2008 @ 3:33 pm | Reply

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