05/02/2012 08:21 am ET

8 Most Bizarre Cookbooks

By Daniel Lefferts for Bookish

Ever get sick of mac and cheese, and feel the need to branch out into the wilder reaches of the culinary world? Here’s a start: A new Dutch cookbook encourages readers to open their kitchens and palates to a class of beings absent from “The Joy of Cooking”: insects. “The Insect Cookbook” includes recipes for dishes such as chocolate muffins with worms and grasshopper pie, and argues that insects are a valuable source of protein at a time when livestock production is nearing its limit.

Whether insect cuisine picks up in the Netherlands or elsewhere remains to be seen. In the meantime, “The Insect Cookbook” joins the ranks of of out-there cookbooks. From haute animal brain recipes to space food, below are some alternative cookbooks that will spice up your coffee table as much as your kitchen.

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