So I'm reading about a study that says early humans liked to eat brains. Bones found in Kenya suggests that early humans loved to eat them some brains. It appears that these brain eaters would scavenge the untouched heads of carcasses left behind by big cats and dig in. It is possible that eating the nutrient rich brains "helped homo erectus support larger bodies, bigger brains, and travel longer distances."

None of this comes as a big surprise to me. Why? Because growing up as a part of a huge Mexican family, I've seen people eating brains for as long as I can remember. Brain tacos are not my thing, but my brother goes crazy for them. Oh and it's not just Mexicans who still eat brains, there are recipes from many countries that prove that brain eating is alive and well.

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If you think about it, many people are going back to a consuming the whole animal approach. In other words, we shouldn't be wasting any part of the animals we use for food. Who knows pretty soon we may all be feasting on brains like early humans did.To get you ready for that eventuality here is a sampling of 5 brainy recipes.

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5 Brainy recipes

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Deep-fried brains

Give fried chicken a rest and put brains to the test.

Ingredients

1 head of garlic, skin on
Black peppercorns in a cheesecloth
1 bay leaf bundle of fresh herbs
1 pound brains (lamb, pork, or calf)
All purpose flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 quart vegetable oil for deep-frying

For the green sauce

1 bunch parsely, leaves only
1/2 bunch dill
1 small can of anchovy fillets, finely chopped
12 cloves of garlic, finely minced or grated
1 tablespoon capers, minced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper

Get the full recipe directions at Serious Eats.

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Does anyone know if there is a Mexican cookbook with lots of offal recipes in it? Thank you
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