Usually when booktalking nonfiction titles, I enjoy sharing books that are “weirder than fiction.” I also like to share books that will make kids laugh, or squirm, or THINK. Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World of Food is a good choice for fans of Andrew Zimmern, his Bizarre Foods TV show, and for anyone who wants to be amazed at the weird variety of foods in the world.
Andrew Zimmern has traveled all over the world filming his TV show for the Travel Channel called Bizarre Foods. In this book he tells the stories of some of his travels, including the time he went fishing for lungfish in Uganda, and the time he roasted 5-pound fruit bats over an open fire. He has eaten delicacies from all over the world, including roasted wild iguana, frog porridge, pig soup, steamed shark’s head, boa constrictor, roasted baby sparrows, sea slug guts bottled in seawater, cheese worms, and even a giant hissing cockroach. If you’re interested in learning about bizarre foods or just want to be an armchair explorer, then this is the book for you!
Just … don’t read it while you’re having lunch, okay?