Hard to Swallow: 8 Taboo Delicacies

Death-defying gourmet dishes can be tough to find

By Michael Foreman,  Newser User

Posted May 20, 2008 12:57 PM CDT

(Newser) – The return of foie gras to Chicago's menus inspires Newsweek to list dishes still considered too dicey to serve:

  1. Maggot cheese: Injected with larvae that pose health risks
  2. Puffer fish: Incorrectly prepared fugu can be fatal

  1. Raw milk cheese: The FDA restricts transport across state lines
  2. Absinthe: The watered-down version pales before the 140-proof stuff
  3. Sassafras: This root contains an oil studies have linked to cancer in rats
Click the link below to see the complete list.  

The toxic puffer fish can be fatal when prepared incorrectly.
The toxic puffer fish can be fatal when prepared incorrectly.   (© notsogoodphotography)
A chef at a downtown Chicago restaurant slices foie gras in this file photo. On May 14, 2008, the Chicago City Council repealed its controversial two-year-old ban.
A chef at a downtown Chicago restaurant slices foie gras in this file photo. On May 14, 2008, the Chicago City Council repealed its controversial two-year-old ban.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
Traditional 140-proof absinthe isn't available in the US.
Traditional 140-proof absinthe isn't available in the US.   (© KRT Photos)
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