Andrew Zimmern on addiction, immigration, and the perfect family dinner
Andrew, a world traveler (and my friend!) speaks the truth on Episode 12 of Longer Tables
Last month, I was lucky enough to go to one of my favorite places, Grand Cayman Island. It’s a favorite for some obvious reasons, the weather and the beautiful beaches. But mostly I love it because it’s an opportunity to see my friends at the Cayman Cookout.
One of those friends is Andrew Zimmern, the host of the popular TV show Bizarre Foods, where he made a name for himself eating some crazy things: a tarantula, coral worms, and something called a giraffe beetle. (He also has an amazing Substack newsletter of his own, Andrews Zimmern’s Spilled Milk. Check it out!)
But the story of how Andrew became the Andrew Zimmern you know is equally remarkable. He conquered drug addiction and become a tireless advocate for people struggling with drugs and alcohol. He’s also one of our country’s great thinkers about food and its role in our society. Which, as you know, is one of my favorite subjects.
You know what is another of my favorite subjects? Hope! And I believe this conversation will offer hope to anyone who listens. The stories of Andrew’s dark days offer hope to anyone who feels stuck or doesn’t know how to begin making change in their lives. And his take on food in America will inspire you to go out and make a difference in your community.
I hope you enjoy the show. And don’t hesitate to write in and let me know what you think…we are always here at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh my gosh, Andrew's comment at the end made me tear up.
Wonderful show. I love the mix of personal stories and what food is.
Bless you and Andrew for saying "I love you". It means a lot to hear it from men like you and Andrew.