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Is stewed cat a “succulent dish”?

My brother is a big fan of cooking shows. He literally can’t get enough of them and you can see his eyes light up when his favourites come on to the box. In fact we make jokes about such programs being “foodie porn”. Personally I like watching Nigella Lawson but the food she cooks does not have that much to do with it. Mostly I am content to watch such programs only if I am really waiting for something better to start.

(Richard Jones/Rex Features) Cat is common on the menu in countries like China

A top Italian food writer has been “suspended indefinitely” from the Italian version of Ready, Steady, Cook for recommending .stewed cat to viewers as a “succulent dish”

RAI, the public broadcasting television network, said that it had dropped Beppe Bigazzi, 77, for making the suggestion on Prova del Cuoco, which is broadcast at midday before the one o’clock lunchtime news on RAI Uno, the main channel. The RAI switchboard was inundated with complaints from viewers and animal rights groups.

Recommending “casserole of cat”, Mr Bigazzi said it was a famous dish in his home region of Valdarno, the area of Tuscany around Arezzo. “I’ve eaten it myself, and it’s a lot better than many other animals,” he told viewers. “Better than chicken, rabbit or pigeon.”

You see the slaves of cats are a jealous lot who are very keen to punish anyone who dares to demean their masters by suggesting that they might actually be tasty if cooked right. Even if those suggestions are in fact made in jest as it appears to be in this instance. Actually given the way that many cat owners spoil and overfeed their feline companions I would have thought that the real reason that the eating of cat should be discouraged is because it is not likely to be the sort of low fat option that we are encouraged to chose.

Frankly if we are not meant to eat cats then why did the  good Lord made their flesh so delicious? 😉

Cheers Comrades



Here are some links to some recipes if you are keen to try cat



and here


  1. Ray Dixon says:

    I’ve always believed that the ‘slow food’ movement, which sprung from peasant Italian regions like Tuscany, was over-rated and based on serving low-cost ingredients and morsels picked up by the roadside … like weeds!

    But I didn’t realise it included coralling and ‘slow cooking’ the local feral cats. Yuk.

  2. Len says:

    As the old sixties joke once went ?

    Anyone feel like a dim sim ?

  3. Iain Hall says:

    I think that feral cats would be far to stringy, but some of those lazy pampered family pets may actually be rather tender if they are cooked right. 😉
    But seriously what we consider fit to eat is very much a cultural thing , I have some friends from south America who would not raise an eyebrow at the idea of eating guinea pigs but suggest that to most Aussies and they turn their noses up at the whole idea. really eating cat is no different.
    The point of the piece was to highlight the over reaction at the suggestion rather than the suggestion it self.
    I have always had a strong preference for being able to tell what it is that I am eating and things like the “dim sim” have always disturbed me a little because there is way of knowing just what is in them.

  4. Toaf says:

    Len, are you as dim as you sim?

  5. Iain Hall says:

    He is brighter than you Damian!

  6. Toaf says:


  7. Iain Hall says:

    Yes Damian you are!

  8. Len says:

    Obviously doesn’t remember back to the sixties, and the wonder of early chinese culinary ?

  9. Iain Hall says:

    I don’t think that Damian is old enough to remember the sixties Len

  10. Len says:

    Don’t think I remember much of them either, but age has nothing to do with it ?

  11. Ray Dixon says:

    People who say, “If you remember the 60s you weren’t really there” weren’t really there themselves. The 60s were nothing like they’re portrayed to have been and were conservative and mild compared to later decades. It wasn’t “sex, drugs & rock’n roll”, it was just … rock ‘n roll. The sex & the drugs came much later.

  12. Iain Hall says:

    I agree with you about the sixties Ray, My experience was certainly that it was not until the seventies that there was much change and even then the “sex and drugs” were not as common as many believed or feared to be the case.

  13. Ray Dixon says:

    There was plenty of sex in the 70s, Iain. I’m sorry to hear you missed out.

  14. Iain Hall says:

    don’t worry Ray I did alright in the seventies 😉

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