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....
My name is Scott Trimble and I am an award-winning location scout on Hollywood movies like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Transformers: The Last Knight, Star Trek Into Darkness, and The Avengers, and a producer on She's In Portland, Fast & Furious: Supercharged, Manson Family Vacation, and Beside Her. I am originally from San Francisco, I am a graduate of U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology, and I live in Los Angeles, California, with my wife, opera singer Mindi Trimble (formerly Melinda Ehrlich).
My earliest experience in entomophagy 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've been continuously seeking out new bug experiences ever since! I've also been interviewed about entomophagy on PBS, CBS, and more. I've eaten over 30 species of insects and arthropods.
Contact me with any questions, but note that the data on this website is currently a little bit out of date (and I've recently decided I will likely sell the entomophagy.com domain to a better home).