"Orthopteran Orzo" is just one of the recipes from David George Gordon's The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook.

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    • Orthopterans are a type of insect that includes grasshoppers, locusts, and crickets.
    • Orthopterans, like all insects, are part of the same group of animals (arthropods) as shrimp, lobster, and crabs.
    • Eating orthopterans is not unusual in many parts of the world. Angelina Jolie, for instance, says that she and her family eat dried crickets "like Doritos." "They're good," she says. "They are like a potato chip."
    • Crickets are nutritious. The average serving of crickets has about 13 grams of protein, 76 grams of calcium, 9.5 grams of iron, and only 5.5 grams of fat.
    • Orzo is a type of pasta. It is shaped like a large, flat grain of rice, and is usually made from wheat or barley.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    arthropod Noun

    invertebrate animal with a segmented body, exoskeleton, and jointed appendages.

    cricket Noun

    chirping, leaping insect.

    food Noun

    material, usually of plant or animal origin, that living organisms use to obtain nutrients.

    Encyclopedic Entry: food
    insect Noun

    type of animal that breathes air and has a body divided into three segments, with six legs and usually wings.

    nutrition Noun

    process by which living organisms obtain food or nutrients, and use it for growth.

    orzo Noun

    pasta in the shape of small, rice-shaped pellets.