Andrew Zimmern, the host of The Travel Channel’s hit series Bizarre Foods, has an extraordinarily well-earned reputation for traveling far and wide to seek out and sample anything and everything that’s consumed as food globally, from cow vein stew in Bolivia and giant flying ants in Uganda to raw camel kidneys in Ethiopia, putrefied shark in blood pudding in Iceland and Wolfgang Puck's Hunan style rooster balls in Los Angeles. For Zimmern, local cuisine — bizarre, gross or downright stomach turning as it may be to us -- is not simply what’s served at mealtime. It is a primary avenue to discovering what is most authentic — the bizarre truth — about cultures everywhere. In this section, Zimmern recounts the Trance Dance ceremony in Botswana.
Andrew Zimmern is a food writer, dining critic, TV personality, chef, teacher, and world traveler. He is an associate editor at Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine, with two monthly columns under his byline, and in addition to his blog, Chow and Again, his writing has appeared in numerous national publications including Food Arts, Restaurant Business, NWA Traveler, and Bon Appétit. As the cocreator, host, and contributing producer of Travel Channel's hit series Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, Zimmern travels the world, exploring the food in its own terroir. Born and raised in New York City, he now lives in Minneapolis with his wife and son.