Are You Gonna Finish That Marmite Jellyfish?

extreme cuisineLonely Planet is publishing a new picture book called Extreme Cuisine, complete with photos and descriptions of odd delicacies from around the world. These range from jellyfish in China to kopi luwak, “a coffee derived from beans consumed, digested and excreted by the common palm civet” in Indonesia.

While it might be slightly ethnocentric to declare a food  “extreme,” this is balanced by entries from the Western world. There’s at least one from the United States: lime green jell-o salad. (I might also nominate poi.)  I was delighted to see marmite and vegemite listed, as these are extreme foods, no matter what any person of British or Australian derivation might try to tell you.

The book will be available Oct. 1.


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