Anything That Moves by Dana Goodyear


We live is a crazy exciting and sometimes strange world.  In today’s day and age we find adventurists of all sorts… extreme sports, people pushing themselves to lengths they never had before, and yes – extreme eaters as well.

There is a movement of adventure eaters – the more unusual the ingredients, the more rare (even illegal), the better.  In Anything That Moves they eat live octopus, shark fin, blood coffee, foie gras, pig snout, raw goat milk…

Health benefits to eating raw and unprocessed?  The history of the food we eat?  It’s all here.



I am the person who watched Survivor or Fear Factor and when it comes to the gross food challenges (unhatched birds, grub worms, bugs, etc…) I immediately announce to the TV screen and to my husband that I am out.  As I watch the people gag on the TV I wonder why they even try to eat it when they know they can not win this one.  For the record, Al calls that he is out on all height challenges.


1aaAt points in this book I am appalled.  At other times fascinated.  Not being an extreme eater myself, I am not entirely sure if I am impressed or disgusted with extreme eating… I think both.  Dana Goodrow handles this book with facts.  She takes the reader into restaurants like Nose to Tail where they literally eat everything in between.  A party called the Weed Party where the host puts marijuana in all the dishes to his fully aware guests.  Stinkbugs with a slice of apple.  Extreme?  Indeed.  At least to me.

I enjoyed this book learning about foods that I am pretty sure I would not consider eating.  I liked learning about some of the traditions in other countries.  Anything That Movies is written with humor.  As a foodie I am glad I read it.  I now know facts that will disgust my friends.



  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Trade; Reprint edition (November 4, 2014)

This review is linked to Weekend Cooking



21 thoughts on “Anything That Moves by Dana Goodyear

  1. Sheila,
    This sounds like it would be fun to read, for the most part. I’d probably learn a few things. I’ve seen only a bit of the extreme/adventurous eating on TV, but it can definitely be too much! 😛

  2. I sometimes find it strange where chefs have gone with food. Foie gras is not out there. I know there is a lot of controversy to how they fatten the animal, but I do not understand eating a live animal. These days it seems that chefs were pair any two things together-I recently had calamari with potatoes-bland and bland. There was no taste. I remember from my first and maybe only home ec class we were taught up colour, taste and texture-who wants to eat an all white plate.

  3. I’m really glad I read this one but wow … I consider myself willing to try most any food, but … um, not really.

  4. This one is on my TBR list – I wouldn’t call myself an extreme eater, but would call myself adventurous. I’ll try anything once and do like some rather strange things. So, this sounds right up my alley! Hopefully, I’ll get to it soon…I feel like its been awhile since I read a “food” book.

  5. I’m trying not to let the look on my face right now seep into my comment. LOL! My sister and BIL just recently visited a few countries in Asia and made sure to post pictures of some of the more interesting delicacies (spiders and grasshoppers). Not sure if they were adventurous enough to eat them!! I know I wouldn’t be…

  6. I really enjoyed this one, too. It was so informative, but I made the mistake of reading it while eating — it made me so squeamish!

  7. Ewww. Not sure I could stomach this book, I am out too on gross food. There’s too much delicious food in the world to waste time with bad food 🙂

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