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Entomophagy is the human consumption of insects and arachnids as food. The majority of the world does this with little hesitation, but, in the United States of America, United Kingdom, and various other British Commonwealth countries, it's a little bit more unusual due to our earlier cultural aversions.

Lately, though, there's been new interest in the eating of bugs, so much so that the trend has often been cited as the new sushi. Back in the early 1980s, very few people ate raw fish, but, now, just about everybody does it. Someday, the same will be true for bugs.

This isn't even that big of a stretch when you consider that bugs are arthropods and thus very closely related to shrimp, crab, crawfish, and lobster, all of which are essentially bugs of the ocean and rivers. Further, consider the fact that honey is partially-digested nectar after it was vomited by bees. Thus, when you think about it, you've been an entomophagist for most of your life already.

Finally, since insects are extremely healthy and they may help solve our global food crisis, entomophagy was recently sanctioned by the United Nations. After you consider all of this, the next question becomes where to sample these tasty food sources, hence the restaurant listings and other resources below....
 
ABOUT ME
My name is Scott Trimble and, besides being an entomophagist, I am a location scout on recent Hollywood movies like Tomorrowland, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, and The Cabin in the Woods. I am originally from San Francisco, I am a graduate of U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology, and I currently live in Los Angeles, California.

My earliest entomophagous experience was an earthworm quiche at a U.C. Davis Bug Fair in 1993 or 1994 (and, more recently, a mezcal tequila worm in June 2008), but it wasn't until April 2012 when I was location managing Gymkhana 5 in San Francisco that I truly got into it via inspiration from Daniella Martin and Monica Martinez (I even appeared at the time in this Incredible, Edible Bugs segment on PBS). I've been continuously seeking out new bug experiences ever since!

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ALL LISTINGS     (73 total)
UNITED STATES     (49 total)
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA   (7 places)
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA   (18 places)
ILLINOIS   (1 place)
INDIANA   (1 place)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA   (1 place)
LOUISIANA   (5 places)
MASSACHUSETTS   (1 place)
NEW YORK   (7 places)
OHIO   (1 place)
OREGON   (1 place)
PENNSYLVANIA   (1 place)
TEXAS   (1 place)
UTAH   (1 place)
WASHINGTON   (3 places)
 
NEARBY PLACES     (24 total)
CANADA
ALBERTA   (1 place)
BRITISH COLUMBIA   (2 places)

EUROPE
NETHERLANDS   (1 place)
UNITED KINGDOM   (7 places)

OTHER SOURCES
MAIL-ORDER SUPPLIERS   (13 places)
CURRENTLY FEATURED VIDEOS
This popular TED-Ed video addresses the benefits of entomophagy. Entitled Should We Eat Bugs?, its description states: What's tasty, abundant and high in protein? Bugs! Although less common outside the tropics, entomophagy, the practice of eating bugs, was once extremely widespread throughout cultures. You may feel icky about munching on insects, but they feed about 2 billion people each day (Mmm, fried tarantulas). They also hold promise for food security and the environment. Emma Bryce makes a compelling case for dining on bugs.

At the 0:28 mark, this Subaru Legacy commercial features entomophagy at a fictional food truck at 7th & Market Street in San Francisco, CA. Produced by Park Pictures, directed by Lance Acord, location managed by Ed French, bugs catered by Monica Martinez (of Don Bugito), and bugs sourced and provided by Dave Gracer (of Small Stock Foods).

Even Disney's The Lion King advocates entomophagy! Of course, when humans do this kind of thing, we generally cook the bugs.

BOOKS FOR SALE

Edible
by Daniella Martin

The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook
by David George Gordon
Survival Guide to Edible Insects, by Fred Damara
Cooking with Cicadas, by R. Scott Frothingham
Let's Eat Bugs!, by MK Grassi
Why Not Eat Insects?, by Vincent Holt
Eating Insects. Eating Insects as Food., by Elliott Lang
Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insects, by Peter Menzel
Bugs Appetit, by Chad Peterson
Cooking With Crickets, by Chad Peterson
Creepy Crawly Cuisine: The Gourmet Guide to Edible Insects, by Julieta Ramos-Elorduy
The Insect Cookbook: Food for a Sustainable Planet, by Arnold van Huis, et al
RESOURCES
BIZARRE FOODS  /  Andrew Zimmern  /  travelchannel.com  /  twitter @andrewzimmern
THE BUG CHEF  /  David George Gordon  /  davidgeorgegordon.com  /  twitter @thebugchef
EAT YUMMY BUGS  /  Rachael Young  /  eatyummybugs.com  /  twitter @EatYummyBugs
ENTOMOPHAGY.COM  /  Scott Trimble  /  entomophagy.com  /  twitter @stst415
GIRL MEETS BUG  /  Daniella Martin  /  girlmeetsbug.com  /  twitter @GirlMeetsBug
LITTLE HERDS  /  Robert Nathan Allen  /  littleherds.org  /  twitter @LittleHerds
SMALL STOCK FOODS  /  Dave Gracer  /  smallstockfoods.com  /  twitter @TheDaveGuy
WORLD ENTO  /  Harman Johar  /  worldento.com  /  twitter @WorldEnto
 
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