From the host of the TV show Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern’s Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird, Wild, and Wonderful Foods is fun, gross, and super weird all at once.
From the host of the TV show Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern’s Field Guide to Exceptionally Weird, Wild, and Wonderful Foods is fun, gross, and super weird all at once. The book is a bunch of 3-6 page sections about kooky dishes around the world in alphabetical order. The sections describe the cultural origin of the food, how it is made, and related delicacies. Some are just strange, like lutefisk (Scandinavian fish goo); while others are pretty cool, for example, burgers with the cheese inside of the patty. Others still are just disturbingly morbid (like cow blood).
This is a very cool book, putrid gore and all. What I liked most is how Zimmern describes exactly how the meal tastes, and sometimes how to make the dish. This book provides a recipe for seasoned pig brains and a brief description of the cranium’s flavor. I am not kidding.
The information was put together very well. The 5- page article about fugu (toxic blowfish that has to be prepared very carefully so as not to poison the consumer) was very interesting and I did not lose interest once throughout the section. This book is pure, disgusting genius.
I recommend this book to anybody with a strong stomach. If the reader doesn’t get squeamish, he will truly enjoy this book, as I did. I can see how this would freak some people out. Keep in mind- you will probably never have to eat these foods.