Jonathan Waxman: Not Into Ants or Spotted Owls

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Meatballs: yes. Insects: no. Photo: Melissa Hom

"I had a little bit of a problem with the ant larvae in Mexico. I couldn't wrap my arms around it. And these insects — I don't know what they were — they were bright red like mini lobsters. They just looked weird to me ... I am also trying to stay away from endangered species. I don't eat octopus anymore." — Meatball aficionado Jonathan Waxman may be getting into Mexican food, but you're not going to catch him making grasshopper tacos anytime soon. [Fork in the Road/VV]