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Why is this on my TV? Bizarre Foods

Updated on November 10, 2011

How much fun would it be to be able to travel the world, see different cultures and experience their different food delicacies? Well, I have to imagine from what I’ve seen of the show Bizarre Foods that it’s a pretty cool gig to have…if you can handle the food that is.

I have to give credit to the Travel Channel’s Andrew Zimmern. He’s a nice Jewish boy with a penchant for food. But the food that he enjoys eating may just be a bit off the beaten path. I’ve seen Zimmern eat more than his fair share of testicles in the short time that I’ve watched the program…with much gusto I might add and it makes you wonder where this guy got his penchant for food.

Well first of all Zimmern born in 1961 in New York City, and began his foray into the world of food at the very early age of 14 (well early for me anyway) at the Dalton School, and later would graduate from Vassar college. He’s been involved in the food industry in one capacity or another over the years, as he added his knowledge to either running or managing restaurants or as an executive chef.

Zimmern’s show Bizarre Foods premiered on cable television’s The Travel Channel on November 1, 2006 and has been bizarre ever since. But this isn’t just a show about the food, it’s also about the people and their culture and some of the interesting (no, not bizarre) people with whom he mingles with when he is in a particular country. From older people who have many connections to the past of their cultures to a chef who takes traditional food recipes and through the use of modern technology takes those old recipes and turns them on their ears.

This show is entertaining on every level, from the interesting people and cultures, to the beautiful and sometimes stark scenic backgrounds that bring the natural beauty of the country into perspective. I’ve just caught a few of his earlier episodes and I have to say that I have not seen Andrew shy away from just about any food that he’s come across, but I have to tell you that when he’s talking about “actually tasting the Intestines flavor” through the soup, I’m sort of like…less hungry?

In closing this hub, let me just say that the show as a whole is very entertaining, quite interesting and certainly educational. It’s a triple threat and if you can get past some of the strange foods that Andrew sometimes ingests in his ongoing gastronomical adventures into the world of strange cuisine, then you’re really going to enjoy the show and I highly recommend it as a television show you should be watching.

Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World of Food: Brains, Bugs, and Blood Sausage
Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre World of Food: Brains, Bugs, and Blood Sausage

Have you ever thought about eating giant flying ants? Or raw camel kidneys? Well, read on to watch Andrew Zimmern not only eat these unique and gross foods, but live to tell the tale about the people, places, and adventures he's had while roaming the world in search of new and exciting meals.

Zimmern takes readers from country to country, visiting local markets, participating in cultural feasts, and chasing down native wildlife to taste what each country has to offer, and discovering what is most authentic about each place he visits and the amazing information he receives while traveling to these countries.

The Bizarre Truth: How I Walked Out the Door Mouth First . . . and Came Back Shaking My Head
The Bizarre Truth: How I Walked Out the Door Mouth First . . . and Came Back Shaking My Head

Andrew Zimmern, the host of The Travel Channel’s hit series Bizarre Foods, has an extraordinarily well-earned reputation for traveling far and wide to seek out and sample anything and everything that’s consumed as food globally, from cow vein stew in Bolivia and giant flying ants in Uganda to raw camel kidneys in Ethiopia, putrefied shark in blood pudding in Iceland and Wolfgang Puck's Hunan style rooster balls in Los Angeles. For Zimmern, local cuisine — bizarre, gross or downright stomach turning as it may be to us -- is not simply what’s served at mealtime. It is a primary avenue to discovering what is most authentic — the bizarre truth — about cultures everywhere. Having eaten his way around the world over the course of four seasons of Bizarre Foods, Zimmern has now launched Bizarre Worlds, a new series on the Travel Channel, and this, his first book, a chronicle of his journeys as he not only tastes the “taboo treats” of the world, but delves deep into the cultures and lifestyles of far-flung locales and seeks the most prized of the modern traveler’s goals: The Authentic Experience.

Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern: Collection 1
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern: Collection 1

Ever wonder what a piranha tastes like? What about live worms? Now's your chance to find out as BIZARRE FOODS host Andrew Zimmern travels the world on a fascinating mission to indulge in some of the weirdest foods you can imagine! You won't be able to look away as Zimmern puts his iron stomach to the test, swallowing all sorts of exotic creatures and unthinkable body parts. If you dare, come along on this wild gastronomical adventure, and open wide for a taste of daredevil dining!



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    • loveofnight profile image

      loveofnight 5 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      I love this show, each time I watch it I learn not only about different cultures but also about what one man is able to stomach....thx 4 share

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      NiaLee 6 years ago from BIG APPLE

      I did watch that show but the food is so... that sometimes I have to change to be able to eat!!!LOL I give him credit for his job and would definitely enjoy traveling like that... Globe Trekker is a better gig for me, though he has his share of bizarre food too. On PBS.

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      animekid 6 years ago from Upstate NY

      Keith..Rats. I could never eat that. Possibly the grasshoppers though.

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      Keith Matyi 6 years ago from Denton, TX

      Great Hub and I enjoy cooking..and have eaten a lot of things that others won't. Grasshoppers, snakes, rats are a few of them.