The Indiana Jones of Food Science: In Bad Taste

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The Kopi Luwak coffee we talked about on Friday came to our attention through Massimo Marcone, a journalist and food scientist who has been called the Indiana Jones of food. His new book, In Bad Taste, explores strange delicacies from all over the world. It sounds like a great read, although not for the squeamish.

He investigates bird's nests gathered in Malaysia for very expensive soup, explores oil made from goat droppings, and tries (rather noisy) maggot cheese. Along the way he exposes a lot of fraud and deception in the market for these highly expensive delicacies and asks questions about why we create the demand for such strange things.

You can listen to his Fresh Air interview at their website, and read another article here about his work with Kopi Luwak coffee. Anyone read his book yet?

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.