A taste for danger

A friend of mine was recently pondering whether it was a coincidence that she’d begun to crave chicken just as we’re about to be hit by a pandemic of bird flu. I think not. It’s that cliff-edge mentality – a little danger enlivens all of the senses, including taste.

And when it comes to dangerous food, one nation stands head and shoulders above the rest of us lily-livered dabblers – you guessed it…the Japanese. Say hello to Fugu, the most dangerous dish in the world…

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A blowfish which contains deadly poison in its organs, fugu is cosidered a delicacy in Japan. I love these matter-of-fact descriptions on the fugu website

“Since fugu’s poison can lead to instantaneous deaths of diners, only licensed cooks are allowed to prepare fugu. You must have special skills and knowledge about fugu to be licensed.”

“Because of the strict regulations, the number of deaths is decreasing.”

“Fugu dishes are usually expensive. One meal can cost $100 to $200 per person at a famous restaurant.”

“It’s said that the most poisonous fugu, “Tora-fugu,” is the most delicious.” (…but of course…)

In other Risky Meal news…according to James Thurber, the most dangerous food is wedding cake…

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