Those who are health conscious and are looking forward to consume something that is tasty, high in nutritional benefits and low in fats can think of choosing edible insects. David George Gordon, also known as the bug chef is a self-described naturalist who has made a career by writing interesting recipes about bugs. His famous recipe book Eat-A-Bug Cookbook has been further revised and updated by David Gordon that include a number of new recipes along with the beautiful photos of dishes that actually make bugs look delicious.
David Gordon Fried explains why people should consider eating bugs
David George Gordon aims to change the mind of people especially in the western part of the world so that they can take up the consumption of insects seriously. He says that people must consider eating insects as they are delicious, nutritious, and more environmentally friendly than chicken, beef, or pork. Moreover, they are easy to cook and can be prepared fast.
Some of the popular dishes prepared by David Gordon Fried include cricket and chestnut stuffing, grasshopper kabobs, and chocolate-dipped capulines, cranberry cockroach relish, deep-fried tarantula spiders and and three- bee salad. Before wring Eat-A-Bug Cookbook, Gordon has been working on his book “The Compleat Cockroach” when he first understood how truly eatable cockroaches are as they are filled with protein and are very crunchy. He further added that most of these edible insects contain no cholesterol and fats and thus are ideal for those individuals who are looking forward to reduce weight.
For those who have never eaten bugs before, Gordon recommends crickets as they are crunchy, light, and easy to find at almost any store. Among the various types of insects that he has used in preparing dishes, wax worms and tarantulas are his favorites. Gordon says that wax worms when cooked into wax worm cookies and white chocolate; they actually taste like nuts. David George Gordon prefers tarantulas that are deep fried as this gives the dish a crispy texture outside and a soft meat like texture inside. However, he says that not only insects are safe for human consumption and thus one should ideally buy them from reliable store instead of getting them from the wild. Moreover, these insects should be cleaned properly before cooking as this helps in removing toxins.
As a longtime supporter of bug eating David George Gordon keeps himself busy with a number of high-profile gala dinners and promotional events, including running a bug food truck and managing insect catering budget for the Explorers’ Club annual dinner.David Gordon Fried is the award-winning author of The Sasquatch Seeker’s Field Manual, The Compleat Cockroach, The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook and eighteen other titles. His work has been featured in Time magazine, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, National Geographic Kids, The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal. He has been a guest on The View, ABC’s Nightline and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
At present he lives in Seattle along with his wife Karen Luke Fildes.