[Sca-cooks] To cat or not to cat

Ana Valdés agora158 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 3 07:09:31 PDT 2012

One of my favorite books is "Unpalatable Cuisine" by Calvin Schwabe.
There are recipes to cook and eat beetles, caterpillars, crickets and
locusts (Vietnam), Armadillo, Cajun Muskrat, Opposum, Mountain
Oysters, Squab, Squirrel, Terrapin (US), Dog (Philippines), Lamprey,
Horse (Italy).
Anf if you read the anthropologist Marvin Harris "Good to Eat" he
explains very well documented why do we have food taboos, why the
Moslem and the Arabs don't eat pigs or why in several countries in
Europe and in the US the people stopped eating horses. It was because
the lobby of the big cattle owners made a huge propaganda campaign to
eat cows instead.

On Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 8:36 AM, Ian Kusz <sprucebranch at gmail.com> wrote:
> i love eel sushi....wanted to try eel pie.....sigh
> On Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 10:05 PM, Tre <trekatz at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> I was served whale at an event in Klakaverki (Iceland). It tasted a bit
>> odd, but I'm glad I got the chance to try it.
>> Apparently, the year before, they had served horse and a few people
>> (visitors) were appalled. It was gently explained to the cook after that
>> that if she was serving meats that were outside the norm, it would go over
>> much better if they were brought out separately, clearly explained as to
>> what they were, and people were given the option. When she served the
>> whale, it was brought out on it's own platter and walked around the table
>> being offered to everyone, making sure that people knew what they were
>> eating.
>> ________________________________
>>  From: Ian Kusz <sprucebranch at gmail.com>
>> To: Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
>> Sent: Friday, August 3, 2012 5:18 AM
>> Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] To cat or not to cat
>> I've heard of squirrel (West Virginia and Kentucky) and Possum Pie
>> (somewhere in the South) being consumed.....that's part of what made this
>> confusing.  Grew up in Alaska, where they eat walrus and whale in some
>> parts....
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