The lesser cuts of meat—offals, nasty bits, whatever you call them—are showing up on menus as a sign of sustainably using the animal from nose-to-tail. And if Andrew Zimmern is any indication, offals have also become a sign of how badass an eater you are.
In his new book, Yuck: The Things People Eat, the well-traveled photographer Neil Setchfield found some lesser-known lesser cuts from around the world: smoked rat, boiled duck embryo, and Korean penis fish. "I'm Welsh, so we'll eat anything," Setchfield told AOL News. "I blame my parents and my upbringing for leading me down this weird career path. I was made for this."
We all need taboos, although arguing about whether it's right to eat horse or pig can be as futile as arguing about taste. So if there's anything to be gleaned from his work, it's that what may be disgusting here can be a delicacy elsewhere—yuck can easily become yum.
Snake whisky, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Dried lizard, Chinatown, Bangkok, Thailand.
Snake on a stick, Cambodia.
Deep-fried river frog, throughout Southeast Asia.
Eels, South Korea.
Cod milt (sperm), Tokyo, Japan.