Hello All, and thanks for following me. Todays topic is Uncommon Snacks

In previous posts, I have mentioned a few examples of the many snacks that Cambodians enjoy that many of us from a western culture might find…uh…unappetizing. These include a wide variety of insects. One of my friends here in Cambodia is raising crickets in large quantities for consumption which, honestly, are rather tasty. I’ve tried a few of these snacks and will rate them in this fashion;  tried, not yet tried, or rather die first. The ones in which I have included a picture are silk worm larvae- tried, grasshoppers- tried, crickets- tried and snakes- rather die first. There is a picture of what appears to be a cockroach. The Cambodians insist that it is not a cockroach, it just looks like one. It’s a big bug and you have to pull the wings and legs off to eat it or it gets caught in your teeth. I did actually try it once, under protest, but succumbed to peer pressure. Not pictured include tarantulas- rather die first and ants- not yet. I’m sure there are more but these are the ones I’m aware of. Although some might find the concept of eating bugs hard to swallow, they can be tasty and do provide much needed protein to the Cambodian diet. Bon appetit!

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It’s 1930 and Carson Jones is a prison guard at the notorious Eastern States Penitentiary in Philadelphia where some of America’s most violent inmates and gangsters are serving time. Amidst the desperation of the Depression and a crowd of hostile convicts, Carson finds solace in an azalea garden behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art and in helping an inmate he believes has been wrongfully accused of murder and sentenced to death. Carson’s life begins to take a turn when he meets a beautiful young woman through a coworker. Her father is a judge and agrees to help him, but at a price. Carson is forced to choose between a life of meaning and purpose and leaving his friend at the mercy of a threatening warden who is becoming increasingly more unhinged. Though the life he has always dreamed of is finally within reach, is it worth it? In a novel chock-full of history and suspense, James Rizzo crafts a suspenseful narrative full of real-life history and page-turning intrigue.

This is the book trailer for my novel Azaleas Beyond the Prison Walls. Book sales are increasing so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all those that have supported me by purchasing my books. Although I’m no longer with Smart Cat Publishing, all my books are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Links are on this website. Hope you will take a moment to listen and enjoy.