- The American Conservative - http://www.theamericanconservative.com -

View From Your Table

[1]

Hangzhou, China

Look, our reader’s co-worker brought something to the office for everyone to snack on: cicadas. Below the jump, a closer view:

[2] She also sent a photo of her eating them. Says this bunch tasted overwhelmingly of garlic. Which is good to know, seeing as how I’M NEVER GOING TO FIND OUT ON MY OWN.

7 Comments (Open | Close)

7 Comments To "View From Your Table"

#1 Comment By MH – Secular Misanthropist On August 23, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

Consumption of insects is one of our few food taboos. Apparently it’s quite common in other cultures. In Mexico grasshoppers and a species of grub have been a delicacy since pre-Columbian times.

I’ve never eaten insects, but I would guess that they would taste a bit like crayfish due to their shared evolutionary history.

#2 Comment By Roland de Chanson On August 23, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

Come on, Rod. You the adventuresome Francophile gastronome? On m’a dit que les cigales vont très bien avec l’oeil de mouton kirghize.

Maybe we should call it Cricket à la Dreher? Julia would love it.

But wait, perhaps cigales au chocolat? Now there’s a desert for a gourmand.

Scusi, ma me ne vo per mangiare un’ altra fetta di pizza con asiago e rucola. My tongue may be French but my palate is Italian.

I think I will pass on the correct exegesis of that last statement. 🙂

#3 Comment By J.L. Wall On August 23, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

And so we discover the limits of Rod’s culinary adventurism…

#4 Comment By Rachel Dillard On August 23, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

Actually, my dog swears by them!

Perhaps whoever prepared that goat head you displayed the other day might consider adding this to the menu.

#5 Comment By Monterey On August 23, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

That. Is. Disgusting!

#6 Comment By Rjak On August 24, 2012 @ 12:13 am

In re: MH’s post and the other VFYT that featured eating an eye, as far as I can tell, the word “delicacy” refers exclusively to horrible foods that are eaten in other cultures. I usually take it as a good sign to stay well clear of the item in question.

#7 Comment By MH – Secular Misanthropist On August 24, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

Iceland will not be outdone in the gross food department. Their local delicacy is called Hákarl ( [3]) and is pickled and fermented shark meat. While that sound bad, it’s worse than it sounds. The shark in question has a high ammonia in its flesh and smells so bad that most people become ill from that alone.