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Strange foods : bush meat, bats, and butterflies : an epicurean adventure around the world
Hopkins, Jerry.
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[Boston] : Periplus ; North Clarendon, Vt. : Distributed by Tuttle Pub., [1999]

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xi, 232 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
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TX631 .H56 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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If M.F.K. Fisher had written for Rolling Stone, if she had lived and eaten with the locals in six continents as Jerry Hopkins has, she may very well have written something like Strange Foods. Hopkins, coauthor of the New York Times bestselling biography of lizard king Jim Morrison, No One Here Gets Out Alive, brings his considerable storytelling ability to bear in a culinary travelogue of world cuisine sure to stimulate the most jaded palate.

Author Notes

Jerry Hopkins was born Elisha Gerald Hopkins in Camden, New Jersey on November 9, 1935. He received a bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. He wrote for The Twin-City Sentinel in Winston-Salem, The Village Voice in New York, and The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. In the early 1960s he was a writer-producer for PM East, a television talk show hosted by Mike Wallace, and a talent booker for the syndicated Steve Allen Show.

In 1966, Hopkins and a partner opened Headquarters, a shop that sold drug paraphernalia in Los Angeles. He was also writing freelance articles for various publications when he responded to a 1967 ad in an early issue of Rolling Stone asking for submissions of music reviews. He became a music writer for Rolling Stone magazine and became the magazine's London correspondent in 1972. He wrote for Rolling Stone for about 20 years. He wrote several biographies of musicians including Elvis: A Biography, No One Here Gets Out Alive with Danny Sugerman, and Behind Closed Doors.

He also wrote books and articles about exotic food, sex, travel, hula, and Hawaiian musical instruments. His memoir, The Ultimate Fish, was published in 2014 and focuses on his relationship with a transgender prostitute. He died of heart failure on June 3, 2018 at the age of 82.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

One man's meat...another's poisonp. viii
Mammalsp. 2
Dogs and catsp. 4
Horsep. 10
Rat and mousep. 14
Batsp. 20
Primates and other bush meatp. 26
Bison, water buffalo, and yakp. 36
Whalep. 42
Gutsp. 46
Ears, eyes, noses, lungs, tongues, lips, gums, glands, and feetp. 50
Genitiliap. 56
Urinep. 60
Human fleshp. 62
Reptiles and water creaturesp. 70
Snakep. 72
Lizardsp. 78
Alligator and crocodilep. 84
Frog and toadp. 90
Sharkp. 94
Fugup. 98
Jellyfishp. 104
Snails and slugsp. 106
Wormsp. 110
Fish eggsp. 112
Birdsp. 118
Ostrich and emup. 120
Song birds, pigeons, and dovesp. 124
Birds' nestp. 128
Balutp. 136
Insects, spiders, and scorpionsp. 142
Grasshoppersp. 144
Ants and termites
Spiders and scorpionsp. 154
Beetlesp. 158
Crickets and cicadasp. 164
Butterflies and mothsp. 168
Fliesp. 172
Plantsp. 178
Poisonous plantsp. 180
Flowersp. 186
Cactusp. 190
Durianp. 194
Leftoversp. 202
Bloodp. 204
Live and almost livep. 208
Fermented foodp. 212
Fake foodp. 216
Gold, silver, and pearlsp. 222
Dirtp. 226
Selected bibliographyp. 230
Acknowledgmentsp. 232