09 March 2007

Smoked Monkey Soup

Monkeys are cool
They can't be beat
Monkeys are pretty good to eat!

CARACAS, Venezuela: The termites, monkeys and spiders used in chef Nelson Mendez's gastronomic creations are enough to make even the most adventurous gourmand squeamish.

But Mendez hopes that, given a chance, his dishes inspired by the isolated Yanomami tribe of Venezuela's southern rain forests can please discriminating palates and gain a following in the country's culinary circles....

During a demonstration at the fair, an audience of amateur cooks and students gasped as Mendez unveiled a smoked monkey used to make soup and his assistants handed out cookies made with "Bachaco," large ants with an enduring, spicy aftertaste.

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