Editor's note: Here's a video from Daniel Klein, creator of the web video series The Perennial Plate. The chef-documentarian will be joining us with a different video each week. First up: Squirrel hunting!
The subject of this episode is disgusting for some, a delicacy for others: an animal that we are all familiar with—the squirrel. Eating such a familiar creature brings us face-to-face with conundrums about why we eat the animals we do... and not others.
Every culture has different foods that are seen as socially acceptable. Thus, growing up in England, squirrel was never part of my diet. But for John Ny Vang, who is from Laos but has lived in Minnesota for the last 30 years, squirrel is just like any other meat. This fall, he took me out on a hunting expedition to shoot the little guys. Squirrels were shot, and squirrels were eaten; and they were delicious! Believe it or not, I went back for seconds and thirds.
Watch the video and let me know if you would eat squirrel (or already have)?
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