CONTEST CLOSED. Get a Copy of My Book "Extreme Cuisine" for Extremely Free. Lonely Planet's Extreme Cuisine Book Giveaway.

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My book Lonely Planet's Extreme Cuisine drops this Friday, October 23, 2009 everywhere. But, if you'd like a shot at getting this handy little exotic food guide book called Extreme Cuisine (or as some friends have dubbed What Not to Eat) for free, simply leave a COMMENT below of what food you would NEVER EVER touch, not even with a ten-foot fork (or chopstick) and a sentence or two explaining why the hell not!

Next, EMAIL me your posted comment (so I can get your email address privately) to: freeextremebook@yahoo.com.

I have 5 copies to give away. The winners will mostly be random but if a funny, interesting, scary or just wacked-out item is spied by my little eye, I'll award you with a free copy. I'm just making the rules up as I go along. Anyway, good luck and thanks for your support!

Oh yeah, book giveaway only available in the U.S. and Canada. Peace!

THANKS EVERYONE FOR PARTICIPATING. CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to Simon, Juliet, Ben, Donna and Fred! However, feel free to leave a comment about foods you'd never put anywhere near your lips. I'd love to know!

Don't be sad, if you didn't win in this one, I'm having another giveaway soon. The prize: FOOD INC. DVDs. Coolio!

Happy Halloween!

Comments

Pai said…
blood cake. Especially not with a ten foot chopstick.
Jennie said…
Ok, so I've tried haggis - can't use that one. I actually like it! But I eat offal like that, you know.

I wish I could say I won't eat brains, but in one show, Anthony Bourdain made them sound dreamy (though he used the word "creamy"), so if I'm ever in Bombay I gotta try 'em.

I've enjoyed tongue, head cheese, pickled herring and smoked eel at family gatherings, and probably will again...

I have to say, the one thing that will never pass these lips: fresh, squirmy, sashimi'ied octopus tentacles. I have nothing against octopus, per se, but you see, I'm the kind of gal that gags if I toothbrush too vigorously. So, any automechanical food stuffs deciding themselves which path to take across my tastebuds and past my laryngx makes me gag just thinking about it.

Pass the brains please.
JB said…
I often brag to friends that there is no food that I don't like, and they routinely call bullshit on me. They ask if there isn't anything I have ever eaten that I don't like? And I say yes, of course, but it wasn't the food's fault. So I had to think long and hard about this question and I finally came up with a satisfactory answer. I would never eat Taco Bell. I don't have anything against the chain, the way they source or prepare their food, or the flavors they use. It's just that I live in San Diego, and I have instant access to Albertos, Alibertos, Robertos, and Rolibertos on every street corner. They are all cheap, open 24/7 and infinitely better than running "south of the border." Unless you are talking about Tijuana or Ensenada, of course, and I'll be back there and eating street tacos as soon as they figure out which damn drug cartel wins and stop shooting tourists.
H. C. said…
Not sure if by "NEVER EVER" you mean "never had, never will" or "never again"

Never had, never will: for me it'll probably be any animal's anus/rectum 'cause by then neither party involved would derive any pleasure from the rimjob :P

Never again: I'd extend that to chitlins/colon too, but the ones I've had in the past definitely have a distinct smell/taste...
0bs01337 said…
casu marzu. Anything requiring me to "gaurd my eyes against leaping maggots" sort defers my apetite.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casu_marzu
I can't stand mushrooms. I don't know if it has anything to do with the fact that my parents used to cook with those canned rubbery...things....or if it's because, well, they just taste like shit. I've heard chefs describe mushrooms as having a woody, earthy flavor. Ya, um, those are 2 other things I'm not interested in eating...wood and earth.
Simon Thibault said…
I have had nibbled on balut, dined on durian and grew up eating live quahogs (the tongue is the best, but toughest bit). I've had pig tails, I order tripe in restos, and had sticky natto tendrils stuck on my fingers.
I even once said I couldn't/wouldn't do brains, but now, the more I think of it, I could.

The one thing I won't eat is sperm. Now this may sound like a funny thing for a gay man to say, but animal sperm is a little too close to home for me to be dining on. Maybe it's some kind of bizarre culinary homophobia, but there it is.
JHL said…
Shit...Give it to Simon...I got nuthin'
Donna Frescura said…
Eyeballs. I will never ever no way in hell ever eat an eyeball. They amuse me, but quite frankly I don't want anything to see what comes flying outta my ass.
Hannah said…
For me its gotta be mammal brains. The thought of eating brains just squicks me way too much.
Alix said…
I'm in the wrong country to get a chance at the free book, but what the hell, the thing I'll never eat (again) is goose barnacles. Like tiny chewy rubber tubes, with a surreal claw on the end, once you've breached the rubbery bit you get a disgusting and unexpected mouthful of some salty, vile liquid. I can't quite explain how horrid they are!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goose_barnacle
Ernest Miller said…
Long pig ... aka human. I'll have to admit, the whole cannibalism thing freaks me out.
FFichiban said…
I don't think I can bring myself to try Pacha. I would like to think I would try most foods at least once but boiled sheep head is a bit much to look at
edmontonjb said…
I could never eat chicken feet. I hate all feet. I think they are disgusting. WHen I first heard that people eat chicken feet, I literally gagged. Blahhh.
Gastrophoria said…
I used to snack on my own boogers as a kid. How's that?
Andrew said…
I have a really hard time thinking of anything I wouldn't try, provided it was well prepared, and purportedly tasty.

I guess I would maybe turn my nose up at a dish made from sewer rat. But you never can say for sure.
Juliet said…
Anything an animal pees, poos or screws with. Also, anything still alive and/or wiggling.
Chicken said…
Toughy! I love offal, blood, balut, durian, eyeballs, weird animals. I've had UTERUS!

But I guess cuz I have to draw a line somewhere -- dog or cat? Maybe I'd eat if if I had to, but I hear it's not that good anyway. I'm too much of a pet person to fell 100 % comfy doing that.

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Jerry said…
i've eaten some crazy stuff, but my even crazier friend went to live with some indigenous peoples in chile for some time, and part of his initiation ceremony involved him castrating a goat with his bare teeth, no joke.
Eran said…
For me, the no-nos are Dog and Horse. Something about eating friends and family doesn't sit well with me.

But I did try Wisos: http://blog.auntiechef.com/2009/10/24/extreme-cuisine/

Good luck with your book! Sounds awesome!
Chubbypanda said…
Woooohooo! Go, Eddie, go! Congrats!
Ben said…
I will not eat human placenta. I have friends, Earth-loving natural childbirth kinda people who are so into it they have consumed parts of their own placenta. Raw and cooked. Yes - this happens...

Give me fresh durian any day, but keep that placenta to yourself.
Tyler said…
I'm gonna go with Cuitlacoche because I don't exactly think anything called Corn Smut is appetizing...in that way.
ix tapa said…
I am frightened by cherry pie. I know...odd. But, I'm buying the book! Congrats!