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

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  422 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Insects. They’re what’s for dinner. Can you imagine a world in which that simple statement is not only true but in fact an unremarkable part of daily life? Daniella Martin, entomophagist and blogger, can.

In this rollicking excursion into the world of edible insects, Martin takes us to the front lines of the next big trend in the global food movement and shows us how insec

Kindle Edition, 267 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Amazon Publishing (first published February 4th 2014)
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Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-cooking
Some notes from an outsider who has lived in the Asian bug-eating zone for quite some time and has made peace with it:

– On page 177, Martin says that the food the Thai call kai mot daeng (transliterated in the inadequate Wikipedia entry as “khai mot daeng”) is the larvae of ants. Thai people told me they are the eggs of ants. The inadequate Wikipedia entry says they are the eggs and pupae of ants. (This led me to realize that I did not know the difference between pupae and larvae. That's a digression, but“khai
Yes, that’s right: this is a book about eating insects (entomophagy, if we’re being fancy). And not only does it carry a very important message to a world in food crisis, it’s also a delightful read. Like my very favorite nonfiction (such as Donovan Hohn’s Moby-Duck, for instance), it combines many different genres: history, travel, nature, food, and environmental politics, plus a little bit of memoir thrown in – all delivered with a lighthearted, self-deprecating touch.

So, why eat bugs (plus
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-drink
My only problem with this book was that it ended. I actually think that I could have spent another ten or 20 hours listening to the author travel around the world and try bugs, describe the way in which cultures eat/view them, and the way they are being sustainably raised. There were so many times that I wish she had gone more in depth, but if she had, it might have started to get too pedantic. Overall, I just loved it, she writes and narrates with enthusiasm and comes off as very genuine.

So am
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I haven’t had this much fun reading non-fiction… EVER. Edible is funny and engaging, and I would totally credit my first bug-eating experience to this book if I hadn’t already eaten that chocolate-covered bug in my college psychology class (mmmm!). Martin’s informal style and witty humor is a much welcomed addition to the non-fiction world, and I’m positive that I would have had the same amount of fun if she’d written about quantum physics or contemporary art (or any other subject that I normally balk ...more
Arash Kamangir
Oct 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Verbose. Could have been a great 10 page article.
Michael Ronn
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Non-fiction at its finest

I enjoyed this book. It reminded me of Michael Pollan's books, which I love. The author makes a compelling case for eating insects, and she definitely changed my perceptions. But what I loved most was her writing style. It's just beautiful, and I don't say that about much nonfiction. Not only does she make a compelling case, she does it in such a writerly way that's worth reading in and of itself. My only suggestion was that the chapters seemed to lose focus at times,
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adventurous eaters and environmentally conscious readers
This was an absolutely fascinating book. I was surprised to find out bugs are actually full of nutrients, particularly proteins, omegas, and certain minerals and vitamins, depending on the bug. I had thought that lobsters, crab, and shrimp are bugs of the sea and was surprised to find that I was correct. Martin is not advocating that we get rid of our favorite foods, but rather supplementing them with insects, with are plentiful, easy to grow and harvest, beneficial to the environment and surpri ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun and enlightening read. This looks like just another Bug Cookbook, but it's anything but. Yes, there are recipes at the end, but this is as much about sustainability and the environment as it is anything else. This is a much more solid and well written book than the advertising or book jacket leads one to believe. I really recommend this to anyone, even if they never eat bugs as a result.
This book is not so much wanting to convert you as it is an offering of an explanation. Well done.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
It's not bad, it's just not terribly riveting (and it gets repetitive). Takeaway: bugs are tasty. There, saved you the reading.
Nancy O
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an absorbing, enlightening, and entertaining look into the world of entomophagy. I'm ready to try cricket-based protein bars and fried mealworms. The book was written by an extremely knowledgeable anthropologist whose foray into eating bugs occurred when she was a grad student in Mexico. The world is starving; bugs are plentiful and make up earth's largest biomass, and are much easier to farm than livestock. I'm headed to Petco tomorrow for some mealworms.
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Fast read but wow! Lots of entertaining information and travel adventures. I wish there were more travel stories instead of big recipes in the last few sections of the book. The recipes in this book would be better served as a companion bug cook book.
Science For The People
Featured on Science for the People show #284 on September 26, 2014, during an interview with author Daniella Martin.
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a surprisingly fun read. I want to eat! I appreciate and enjoy the pandora station she recommended in a side note.
Lots of convincing and inspiring stories that we should consider eating bugs as a nutritional, delicious, economical, and green alternative to meat. I'd eat bugs.
Benjamin Rothman
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was interesting from both a culinary standpoint and anthropological standpoint. Discovering how we are the "weird" ones in the world (and by "We" I am talking in general about Western Culture) who don't actually use in any way, insect protein in our diets whereas plenty of cultures around the world have and do. And, these cultures are at least as "civilized" as our own, so it's not just a case of "they are primitive and we are not" in reality when it is exactly that in our societal percepti ...more
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eating bugs is a subjects I have been dying to read about. I have never knowingly eaten a bug. Except that as she says in the book that that we have all eating bugs unknowingly. The author says something
like that. I can't remember the exact words. For the book I learned that the term for eating bugs is entomorphagy.
My favorite parts of the book are raising bugs at home where she gives instructions on how to raise mealworms, crickets and wax moths at home. And I also enjoyed reading the es
Richard Schwindt
My tentative entry into the world of bug eating began with joking around with #edibleinsect people on Twitter. I discovered right away that they were welcoming and had a robust sense of humour. Somewhere along the path I typed "edible insects" into the Amazon search engine and discovered Daniella Martin's book. At this point I am eager to read anything on the topic but I wasn't prepared for just how good this book would be. Daniella Martin is an enthusiast on the topic of entomophagy and is will ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Fans of Michael Pollan, you may want to consider this little oddball. I was wondering how an author could find so much to say on the topic of edible insects. The answer: the history of food, current travel adventures, and a bit of environmental science. Martin is passionate about both the impact of eating insects as well as the culinary doorways it can open. That aside, I was continually amazed how much FUN this was to read. (You just need to get through the McImpacts part which is important but ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fave-non-fiction
Although I have no particular interest in eating bugs, saving the planet sounded like a good thing to read about. And it was! Edible was actually quite fascinating; the author's enthusiasm for the topic really comes through and you get to accompany her on her journey from just noticing entomophagy (eating insects) to taking her first baby steps to give it a try, to traveling all over the world to learn about it, share information, and eat um, delicious bugs. Side note: right after I finished rea ...more
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book is very informative about eating edible insects but it has two big weak points. 1. It's not structured at all. 2. It insists on its ideas! It insists on the idea of vegetarianism is a stupid idea. Well, I understand if the author believes so but there is no point in constantly fighting against it. They could just mention it one or two times instead of constantly repeating.
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: culture
Interesting personal account of a woman's entomophagic interests. Not particularly engaging, it seemed to ramble on without purpose or clear benefit to the reader. It was also a bit preachy in a save the world by eating bugs kind of way.
Much more of the book than expected is taken up by thorough recipes and eating guidelines. I enjoyed reading through her eating adventures and wished that this had been more expanded, although it was a solid quick read.
Duncan Lock
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting & thought provoking read

A interesting tour of the current state of - and a persuasive argument for - eating insects. I'm persuaded of the merits and advantages - and almost persuaded to try eating some bugs; still have my cultural aversion, but I'm tempted!
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heaps of easy to read information on a tough topic for the western world. Learned a lot from this book. Arguably excessive use of the word 'fecund' but aside from that I have few complaints.

This book could probably get anyone excited about entomophagy. Eat bugs, y'all.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating! I’m interested in entomophagy and was looking for more information about eating insects. The author, an expert in the field, talks about the past, present and future of eating insects. Part science, part cookbook, part travelogue and all fun.
Megan McCrystal
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I love the author's writing style. It compliments the massive amount of information perfectly. Well researched and funny with a down to earth approach. Mine is full of bookmarks for follow up
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ready to eat some bugs!
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting topic. Makes sense but don't know if I could eat a bug willingly. Maybe if it was ground into powder it would be easier to accept.
Dan Seitz
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2019, science
Part travelogue, part pop science, part polemic, and part vegan-bashing screed, entertaining and interesting but in need of some objectivity.
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book contained so many interesting factoids that it turned me into one of those annoying people at parties who keep saying, "I read that..." The author conveys a lot of information in an entertaining way with anecdotes from her own adventures. She also makes a very compelling case for why insects are the protein source of the future. I'm an extremely picky eater so won't be diving into most of the insect "delicacies" that she describes but I'm on the hunt for a protein bar with cricket flou ...more
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DANIELLA MARTIN is a certified entomophagist, or bug-eating expert. She has been featured in the Huffington Post, The New Yorker, the Wall Streeet Journal, SF Weekly, and AOL News.
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