Cat Food?

Have you ever gone to a Swiss restaurant inSwitzerland? Their unusual cooking styles may not be in the menu of today’s restaurant, or may be.  If you have Swiss descendants who love to cook, and you see a house pet is missing they probably run away.

In January 2004, Reuters reported that, “Swiss culinary traditions include puppies and kittens. Private consumption of cat and dog is permissible. Swiss animal welfare groups say it is hard to estimate how many pets are eaten inSwitzerlandevery year.” I prefer the Chinese restaurant where they serve chicken.

Researchers have found recipes for “cat stew” and “cat in sauce” or “catsups” sorry playing with words here. In the Basque Country in the Spanish province of Alava,  Lluis Ripoll includes a medieval recipe for cooking cat in his book ‘Llibre de cuina mallorquina’ don’t ask me to translate it, I assume it’s cat related recipe book.

In February 2010, the food writer Beppe Bigazzi on a televised cooking show mentioned that cat stew was a “succulent” and well known dish in his home area ofValdarno,Tuscany. Later he claimed he had been joking, but added that cats used to be eaten in the area, historically. Joke or not, Bigazzi was widely criticized in the media for his comments and ultimately dropped from the television network.

Cats were sometimes eaten as a famine food during harsh winters, poor harvests, and wartime. Cat gained notoriety as “roof rabbit” inCentral Europe’s hard times during and between World War I and World War II.

In 18th-centuryBritain, geeks were known to eat cats as a part of a form of live entertainment.

So does it taste like chicken? Or is it an  urban myth.

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