Gastronaut BOOKS


Quadrille, 2018

The average adult farts an astonishing 1.5 litres of gas every single day in 10-15 separate farts, but until now no-one has been brave enough to tackle the burning questions we have about them: What are farts made of and why do they smell so bad? Why do women’s farts smell worse than men’s? Do spiders fart? Is a fart basically a gas version of a poo? What would happen if I didn’t fart?

In Fartology acclaimed food adventurer, broadcaster and science communicator Stefan Gates flicks old-fashioned British reserve the bird and takes a good, long look up our bums to shed light on the amazing science going on up there. The result is a frank, fascinating and very funny tour of the chemistry, physics and biology of your portable science lab. Stefan is renowned for taking complex scientific concepts and making them easy to understand, relevant and exciting.

Insects: An Edible Field Guide

Ebury, 2017

Ever been tempted by the thought of mealworms, proteinrich cricket flower, or swapping your Walkers for salt and vinegar flavoured grasshoppers? If so then you are not alone! Over 2 billion people regularly eat insects as part of their diet, and the world is home to around 1,900 edible insect species.

This is an informative field guide: exploring the origins of insect eating, offering tips on finding edible bugs and serving up a few delicious ideas of how to eat them once you’ve tracked them down!

Incredible Edibles

Walker Books, 2012

What’s the most dangerous food on earth? How do you milk a camel? What’s the fartiest food of all? And what’s really in that burger you’re about to eat?

Find out the answers to these questions and much more in this seriously funny and hilariously informative book about food.

Packed full of mad recipes to cook for your friends, kitchen science projects to try and weird food stories, this photographic cookbook will take you on a food adventure from breakfast right through to supper.

The Extraordinary Cookbook

Kyle Books, 2010

How to make meals that your friends will never forget.

It’s a completely practical cookbook but all the food is in some way extraordinary, interactive or enlightening. Some dishes are gently adventurous (whole artichokes and sushi-rolling parties), others are completely wild (golden chicken and salmon cooked in a dishwasher) but, crucially, most of it is made from ingredients that you use every day.

The idea is to get you and your friends eating wonderful, extraordinary meals that you’ll never forget.

In The Danger Zone

Ebury, 2008

Stefan travelled the world to investigate how people cook, eat and survive in extreme conditions for the acclaimed BBC2 TV series Cooking in the Danger Zone. He drank radioactive wine in Chernobyl, ate fat-tailed sheep in Afghanistan, and rotting walrus in the Arctic. This book blends war and food, ethics and emotions, comedy and tragedy.



BBC Books, 2005

Adventures in Food for the Romantic, the Foolhardy and the Brave. ‘Brilliant. Deranged, but brilliant’ according to Heston Blumenthal. A book of extraordinary recipes and wild escapades in everything from cannibalism to margarine.

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101 Dishes to Eat Before You Die

Parragon, 2009

'Excellent stuff. Stefan always turns food into an adventure!'

Heston Blumenthal

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Stefan Gates on E Numbers

Hamlyn, 2010.

A myth-busting celebration of E's: the additives and preservatives that make up Britain's most feared ingredients. If you think nature is good and Es are bad, you'd be wrong: the natural world is awash with dangerous toxins (apples contain cyanide, potatoes contain toxic solanine), yet E number substances make up 99.99% of every breath you take.