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by Jason Whong


This section features reader responses to Ambrosia's software & service. We will include the good with the bad, and address any problems brought to our attention. These are real people writing real letters about real issues. Feel free to drop us a line.

Eating Bugs

A friend of mine with a snake would go to his local pet store to get crickets to feed it. Who knows if the crickets were human "food grade"?

I did a search on http://www.infoseek.com for "grasshopper" and then from those results I searched for "roast" A pretty entertaining selection of links came up. One site mentioned two cookbooks--_The Compleat Cockroach_ and The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook: 33 Ways to Cook Grasshoppers, Ants, Water Bugs, Spiders, Centipedes and their Kin_.

I pulled this off another page and I guess you could use other insects besides termites: The same source quotes the June 20, 1970 (vol.26, no.6) issue of Science Digest for another recipe that looks like it would adapt itself to a variety of insects.

1 pint termites + 1 tablespoon vegetable oil + 3.14 teaspoon salt

Remove termite wings, if any. Spread termites on stone to dry in sun. Pour oil in pan and spread dried termites on it. Toast over hot coals until almost crisp. Sprinkle with salt. "It helps the flavor, say those that have tried the recipe, if you eat the termites in handfuls." Science Digest credits the Bantu's with this recipe and reminds readers that there is "lots of vitamin B" in termites.

The current edition of "The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog" (pg. 46) lists: The Food Insect Newsletter, University of Wisconsin, Dept. of Entomology, 1630 Linden Drive Madison, WI 93706

"Unique. Why it's harder to find chocolate-covered ants, and which big bottomed species are gourmet. Thumbs up to pupae puffs and a guide to the best restaurants. Love it and eat it. - PW (Peter Warshall)"

There's a website for The Millennium Whole Earth Catalog these days: https://www.well.net/mwec/mwec.toc.html

I hope you find something useful. You are truly a visionary. Please contact me the moment that Ambrosia puts out the Jason Whong T-shirt and I shall immediately order one.

Best of luck,

A Jason Whong t-shirt? Um, It's not like I'm Douglas Adams or Gregory Hines, or someone cool that would warrant a t-shirt. But I'll think about it.

Spiders could be yummy, too.

...I was a little disappointed to see that you are considering eating spiders. Not only are spiders not bugs, but they are on your side. They eat bugs too.

Kjell Konis

There is some debate about what a bug is or isn't. For example, some folks have told me that lobsters, snails, and crabs counted as bugs because of the number of legs that they had. There was a big discussion about it on usenet, but it died out.

Maybe someone wants to make an "alt.jason-whong.bug-eater.munch.munch.munch" newsgroup?

The sacrificial marketdroid?

'Bout time to get yourself a lizard to hide in your jacket pocket... kind of like hiding the veggies from Mom...

One question -- inquiring marketing minds all over are wondering, so I'm stepping up and asking... why should marketing eat bugs for engineering's mistakes???? Or does marketing at Ambrosia have that much control over the product -- if so, good for you!!!! You're certainly unique! So, how DO you like your crickets? --Patty

I like my crickets like I like my coffee - with a little bit of Bailey's.

Really, I don't think that bugs are entirely the fault of engineers - there are testers and other people who could be working to make all software bug-free. I'm a small part of that when I put on my testing hat. That's why I will eat.

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