These notes are for my blog post “Are Books About Eating Insects Something New?” (posted April 4, 2014).
I used Amazon and WorldCat to find all the books I could about eating insects. I was only interested in the ones written in English for a general audience, including cookbooks. I didn’t count books about bees, beekeeping, honey, cochineal, or insects as animal feed.
I found that most of the books came out either as hardcover or paperback, but not both. If a book was published both as hardcover and paperback, but in separate years, then I counted those as separate books with separate publication dates. This only happened for one book: Man Eating Bugs.
The list of books (that I found) is below.
Three of the books were published in 2009, and all were by the same author: Meish Goldish. It’s rare for an author to publish more than one book per year. Who is Meish Goldish? There’s a short article about him in Wikipedia. I also found his LinkedIn profile and an interview he did for Absolute Write. He mostly writes children’s books.
I asked Amazon about relevant upcoming books and it knew of none. (You can do a search and sort the results by publication date, so that future ones show up first.) That doesn’t mean there will be none; it just means Amazon didn’t know about any when I searched.
I think the cutest title was Ronald L. Taylor’s Butterflies in my Stomach.
Why Not Eat Insects? by Vincent Holt, 1885
Butterflies in My Stomach: Insects in Human Nutrition by Ronald L. Taylor, 1975
Entertaining With Insects, Or: The Original Guide to Insect Cookery by Ronald L. Taylor and Barbara J. Carter, 1976
Creepy Crawly Cuisine: The Gourmet Guide to Edible Insects by Julieta Ramos-Elorduy, 1998
Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insects (hardcover edition) by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio, 1998
Eat-a-bug Cookbook: 33 ways to cook grasshoppers, ants, water bugs, spiders, centipedes, and their kin by David George Gordon, 1998
Bugs on the menu by Jo Windsor, 1999
Man Eating Bugs: The Art and Science of Eating Insects (paperback edition) by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio, 2004
We Eat BUGS! by Wiley Blevins, 2006
Baby Bug Dishes (Extreme Cuisine) by Meish Goldish, 2009
Bug-A-Licious (Extreme Cuisine) by Meish Goldish, 2009
Spider-Tizers and Other Creepy Treats by Meish Goldish, 2009
Cooking with Cicadas: Demonstrate your position at the top of the food chain by turning cicadas into delicious snacks, meals and desserts for family and friends by R. Scott Frothingham, 2013
Survival Guide to Edible Insects by Fred Damara, 2013
The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, Revised: 40 Ways to Cook Crickets, Grasshoppers, Ants, Water Bugs, Spiders, Centipedes, and Their Kin by David George Gordon, 2013
Edible Insects: Future Prospect for Food and Feed Security by the FAO of the UN, 2013
Eating Insects. Eating Insects as Food. by Elliott Lang, 2013
Edible: An Adventure into the World of Eating Insects and the Last Great Hope to Save the Planet by Daniella Martin, 2014
The Insect Cookbook: Food for a Sustainable Planet by Arnold van Huis, Henk van Gurp and Marcel Dicke, 2014