Animals: Love them or hate them, we also eat them. And nothing better illustrates just how many of them we eat (and how thoroughly) than Calvin Schwabe's giant compendium of recipes from every corner of the world, excerpts of which are appearing in Salon this week, Monday through Friday -- one recipe each day on the Life and People sites -- by kind permission of the University Press of Virginia. This one comes from China, where it's known as "Chin tsen mao zo, to zo."
"While the Chinese prefer puppy meat over adult dog, the meat of mature cats is most commonly eaten there.
Cut the meat of a mature cat and a chicken into cubes and steam them until tender with water chestnuts, pieces of fresh sugar cane, fresh ginger root, and preferred herbs.
Cat meat is also stir-fried and sautied by the same Chinese recipes as dog. It is eaten too in China as smoked meat."