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Help yourself to roast grub

If you'd like to try some recipes for bug-delicious dinners, or just want to learn more about insects as food, check these out:

Beetles Lightly Toasted By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Yearling Books, 1989) For ages 9 to 12; fiction.

In an effort to win an essay contest on conservation, fifth-grader Andy Moller comes up with the idea of eating insects and tests some new recipes on unsuspecting friends and family.

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Creepy Crawly Cuisine By Julieta Ramos-Elorduy (Park St. Press, 1998)

Includes color photographs, 60 recipes, and a history of edible insects. The author, a professor at the National University of Mexico in Mexico City, is arguably the world's leading authority on edible insects.

The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook By David George Gordon (Ten Speed Press, 1998) Naturalist David George Gordon has tips for catching edible insects, lots of recipes, and photos.

Man Eating Bugs By Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio (Ten Speed Press, 1998)

A husband-and-wife team checks out (and dares to sample) insect cuisine in 13 countries, including roasted grubs (Australia), stir-fried dragonflies (Indonesia), and live termites (Botswana). Color photos, text, and - yes - recipes.

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