EDITOR'S NOTE: It's so easy to go home after work and just microwave some chicken nuggets for dinner. But is it cool? Maybe so, but it would be cooler to completely buck tradition and go with something crazier, more exotic, and even more socially responsible! To wit, we asked Earth's greatest gastronomical globetrotter, Andrew Zimmern, to tell us which animals he thinks Americans should give a try. He gave us 13. Enjoy.
We are at a crisis point in America.
Too many children and adults go hungry every day. Too many Americans are getting sick on our over-commercialized food system. Eating well is a class issue. Obesity and diabetes are nearing epidemic proportions in terms of growth. One of many simple and important fixes is to diversify our diet.
Going vegetarian for a few meals a week and eating from a broader range of animal proteins would help balance a whole host of recent inequities. Access to food for all would improve, hunger insecurity would be eliminated, health benefits from food would be more abundant, economic development would take place, ecological improvements and animal rights would dramatically shift as reliance on factory animal production would fade... we can keep extrapolating here, but you get the point.
Here's a list of foods that I believe Americans would fall in love with if they just approached them with an open mind, and were able to sample them prepared by those that truly know how: