Because I thoroughly enjoyed Stiff.

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With thanks to the ever charming Kenny Nines at https://theterribleidealist.wordpress.com/ who alerted me to the existence of sequels, I bring you Gulp.

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Another masterpiece by the delightfully quirky and sometimes bizarre author Mary Roach.

When Kenny told me there were other books like Stiff? I was all in! And ordered four from Amazon knowing I would blog the highlights here.

So let’s dive into the wacky and wonderful world of the human digestive tract shall we?

This book comes with a bit of a warning…

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Poopreport.com

If ever there was a website to avoid at all costs? That would be it .

While this book focuses on the digestive tract, it goes delightfully off course on tangents of smell, taste, flatulence, food culture and the occasional substitute.

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Hair is kosher.

You heard it here first.

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Human hairballs?

Damn, I love these books!

Much attention is paid to food. How we eat, why we eat, and what we eat. Food is cultural and while roasted bat may not be on your dinner table tonight, rest assured it’s on someone’s somewhere.

In Mary’s travels while researching this book, she met an Innuit man who served her Muktuk.

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Raw chunks of Narwahl flesh and skin. She assures us it was delicious and very nutritious, but I think I’d almost prefer the bat.

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Pig balls, coming to a restaurant near you!

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20 thoughts on “Because I thoroughly enjoyed Stiff.”

  1. Well…..I’m going to have to order this one as well. I ordered Stiff because of your previous post. Grossing people out seems to be something you enjoy doing, Stiff, ball wash, pooping flamingoes it’s a theme…lol.

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  2. I have eaten muktuk, though I don’t think narwhale would be kosher, because it doesn’t have scales. It is very chewy, and is usually cut off the piece of blubber with a curved knife by the diner.
    Odd that human hair would be kosher, because humans aren’t. But the Rabbi’s reasons for kashering are circuitous and complex.
    Pig balls are a delicacy among another ethnic group that I hung with, and it took quite a bit of tequila to get them down even though they were prepared as “sweetbreads”.

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  3. I read somewhere that the tesitcles of a bull killed in the arena were severed and served to the bullfighter’s patrons as a way of saying thanks for whatever it was patrons did. (Bullfighter needed patrons?) I do not remember there being any mention of recipes for cooking bulls’ balls, however.

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