5 Entomophagy books every beginner needs.

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1 – Edible insects: Future prospects for food and feed security


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This is a must-have for anyone interesting in increasing their knowledge in Entomophagy.

Published in 2013 this publication has been the start of nearly all of the new Ento Startups and the findings on the production of Greenhouse gasses, feed and water use in the rearing of chickens and cattle have been quoted, turned into tweets, memes and infographics.

It covers topics such as the role of insects in the world, reasons to include insects in your diet and their nutritional values to the rearing of insects and their processing.

It can be heavy going at times but because of its importance and the fact it is free makes this my number one choice for people starting out.

  • ISBN – 9789251075951
  • E-ISBN 978-92-5-107596-8
  • Publication date: 13th May 2013
  • Author: FAO
  • Publisher: FAO
  • Format: PDF
  • Pagination: 201 pages
  • Price: Free

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

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

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I love this book and my hard copy is full notes and markings. Written by Danielle Martin from Girlmeetsbug the book tells her story as she travels the world on her Entomophagy journey.

Daniella became fascinated with insect cuisine while conducting anthropological fieldwork in Yucatan, Mexico. While living amongst the Maya and studying traditional indigenous food, medicine and culture, she learned that ancient peoples of this region supplemented their diets with insects, partially because of the lack of large game. Intrigued, she began to research in earnest and started her search for insects to try.

We travel with her from San Francisco where we meet the Don Bugito food cart, travel to Copenhagen to meet the experimental tasters at Noma’s Nordic Food Lab, before heading to Asia for a trip to Thailand’s Costco and a bug-eating club in Tokyo as she explores the science and history behind their use as a sustainable food source

  • ISBN-10: 0544114353
  • Publication date: 11th February 2014
  • Author: Michela Dai Zovi
  • Publisher: New Harvest
  • Format: Hardback, Paperback, Audio CD
  • Pagination: 250 pages
  • Price: £ 7.37 – £ 86.99
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3 – Bugs for Beginners: the most complete guide to teach you how to cook edible insects

Bugs for Beginners:

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This is a great book for beginners looking to start their journey into the world of Entomophagy.

It takes you through how to buy them and why you should be including them in your diet and there are over 75 recipes for you to try.

They are a mixture of Michela’s own recipes and ento companies such as Coast, Chirps & Ento Farms; covering a meal for your entire day; breakfast, starters, bread, through to drinks.

Talking of drinks, Aly More has also helped by contributing a section on Bug and Wine Pairings.
The back of the book covers growing your own, tasting guides and a resources section.

  • Publication date: 13th June 2018
  • Author: Michela Dai Zovi
  • Publisher: Amazon
  • Format: Kindle
  • Pagination: 399 pages
  • Price: £ 0.00 – £ 7.68

4 – Insects: An Edible Field Guide

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This book is a great field guide but a little too big to fit into a packet unless you are wearing cargo pants.

Written by Stefan Gates who should be familiar to you as he was the person behind…well in front of the camera on the BBC documentary “Can eating insects save the world”

This field guide is split into regions of the world and within those areas covers the common insects found there.

For example, UK has earthworms & Common woodlouse. Africa has Ndoko and Mopane Worm but there are also entries for Asia, Oceania, Japan, North and South America

Each insect has its own summary which includes guides on cooking and the occasional recipe. My only negative is the lack of pictures but the pictures that are included are well-drawn illustrations.

  • ASIN: B071CW5S58
  • ISBN-10: 1785035258
  • Publication date: 15th June 2017
  • Author: Stefan Gates
  • Publisher: Ebury Press
  • Format: Kindle, Hardback
  • Pagination: 144 pages
  • Price: £ 1.99 – £ 9.99
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5 – Beetle McGrady Eats Bugs!

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A great children’s book that was published in 2005, 8 years before the FAO edible insect report this children’s story was ahead of its time.

It’s a short book of 32 pages telling the story of Beetle McGrady a young girl who dreams of being a brave explorer and how a Fun With Food Week in Mr Wrigley’s science class and an Ant changed that.

The story then explores Beetle as she finds out about insects through a dare with the help of Chef Susan.

Great illustrations and facts on insects make this book one I recommend for anyone starting their Entomophagy journey who has kids.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN-10: 0060013540
  • Publication date: 29th March 2005
  • Pages: 37 pages
  • Price: £ 2.14 – £ 9.99