Insects: An Edible Field Guide – Stefan Gates

Insects : an edible field guide

Very light & easy to read. The structure of the book is crystal clear & a bit boring at times : a list of edible insects by continent.

Take it with you as a little guide when you go insect tasting in Oaxaca or Bangkok. Or read it – like I did – when you have a few hours to fill.

I’ll try to open this easy-to-read field guide when I need information about a specific insect. Wikipedia seems to go-to option, but why not.

The pace & optimism make it an enjoyable read, but in the end there is not a single idea or story that stuck with me.

Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet – Daniella Martin

Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet

An entertaining mix of personal stories, history, how-to-guides, recipes, manifesto and much more. The book reads as a personal notebook with open-minded musings and an optimistic – but realistic – outlook on the challenges we face.

Daniella travels through Mexico, Thailand, Japan, Denmark, the United States & many other countries. She shares her adventures, experiences, conversations and anecdotes while she visits various experts.

The descriptions of the food are mouth-watering. I never thought that tarantulas – with their “smoky lobster taste” – would make me salivate. The how-to guides on insect farming inspired me to try it myself.

All in all, a very energetic, honest and inspiring read. An ideal book to enter the world of entomophagy.

Or in the words of Marcel Dicke :

“Daniella Martin’s contagious ‘entosiasm’ for eating insects makes you rush to join the insect-eating movement that people in the Western world left aside by mistake in the past.” — Marcel Dicke, professor of entomology at Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Apple Pear Cricket Protein Shake

A creamy and refreshing shake. Naturally sweet and simple to make.

The sweet-sour taste of apple & the buttery sugar taste of pear, combined with creamy advocado, nutty cricket powder & a very subtle touch of spinach. Simply amazing !

Little remark : don’t forget the spinach – as these are not in the photo. You can use frozen spinach if you like.

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop of cricket flour
  • 2 apples
  • 1 pear
  • 1 advocado
  • A handful of spinach leaves

Directions

In theory you do not have to add any liquids (as the apples provide plenty), but this can make the blending a bit harder.

I would suggest to start by blending the apple & pear first, before adding the advocado, spinach & cricket flour.

Otherwise, you can just add a cup of water & put all the ingredients in the blender

Blend a few seconds. Pour in a glass… and that’s it.
Enjoy !

Morning Cricket Protein Shake

A morning cricket protein shake with oats & cricket powder. Enjoy a healthy breakfast in less than 5 minutes.

The nutty taste of the cricket powder mixes well with the creamy banana. The succulent blueberries & raspberries give the drink a fresh, summer vibe.

Oats are ideal for breakfast as their slower digestion process prevents spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels during the day

Ingredients

  • 1 scoop of cricket flour
  • 1 banana
  • 1 hand of Blueberries & Raspberries
  • Oats
  • Milk (use cow milk, almond milk, cashew milk, or any type you like)

Directions

Put the banana, cricket powder, blueberries, raspberries, oats & cashew milk in the blender. Optionally you can add some ice cubes.

Blend a few seconds. Pour in a glass… and that’s really it.
Enjoy !

Appetizer

Thanks for joining me!

“Eating insects is good for the environment and balanced diets,’ — Kofi Annan

And who are we to disagree ?

So let’s start a journey, and find out how to balance the environment & our diets.