He's drunk blood while in Uganda, he's consumed a roasted bat, and he's even had an Incan witch doctor beat him with a live guinea pig. No, Andrew Zimmern is not a vampire or a guy with a strange animal fetish. He's a dude who eats weird stuff for a living. This Tuesday, the St. Paul resident, who received rave reviews while working as a chef at Un Deux Trois in the '90s, will discusses his latest book, The Bizarre Truth: How I Walked Out the Door Mouth First...and Came Back Shaking My Head (Broadway). The author, columnist, and television personality is probably best known as the host of Bizarre Foods, which appeals to a 13-year-old-boy demographic by having him sample some of the world's strangest culinary delights, from local grub to high-end treats. But the show is worthwhile for adults, too, as it goes beyond gross-out antics and into anthropological musings on how local markets can be one of the most revealing things about a culture, and how finding authentic, local food is becoming increasingly difficult in our era of globalization. This evening's talk should be food for thought as well as entertaining. (Photo by Josh Cogan, courtesy Travel Channel)
Tue., Oct. 20, 7 p.m., 2009
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