Fifty Foods to Try Before You Die British food writer Anna Longmore talks about her list in Arena Magazine of the 50 foods you should try before you die. She says that monkfish liver and duck embryo are definitely not for everyone.
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As delectable as they can be, matzo balls did not make journalist Anna Longmore's list of 50 things to eat before you die. The foods that did are listed in an article in the current of Britain's Arena magazine. Anna Longmore joins us from London. Thanks for being with us.

Ms. ANNA LONGMORE (Journalist): Not at all. Thanks for having me.

SIMON: Could you rattle off some of the items there for us?

Ms. LONGMORE: We've got a crispy pig's ear, we've got elk heart, vegetarian black pudding, and the English cream tea.

SIMON: A high tea, right?

Ms. LONGMORE: A high tea, yes. We're talking clotted cream and freshly baked scones and homemade strawberry jam. Monkfish liver is an interesting one as well. Then the duck embryo.

SIMON: That's just like boiling an egg with the duck embryo in it and then down the hatch?

Ms. LONGMORE: Yeah, that's it. It's a little bit unpleasant, that one, isn't it?

SIMON: Did you get to try all these things?

Ms. LONGMORE: I didn't. Unfortunately in some cases and fortunately in others.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Well, let me ask you about some of the items. I guess I wasn't surprised, although I certainly never had it - the fish - do I pronounce it - one has to be careful - fugu?

Ms. LONGMORE: Fugu, that's right. The puffer fish.

SIMON: Yeah. That can kill you, right?

Ms. LONGMORE: Yes, it can - if it is prepared incorrectly. Actually, it's the liver and the internal organs but also the skin that contains a very, very potent toxin. I think it's something like, you know, a thousand times more powerful than cyanide. But basically one liver contains enough poison to kill 30 people.

SIMON: Can anything taste so good that you would take...

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: ...a risk like that?

Ms. LONGMORE: Well, I think it's a macho thing. It's the cache that comes with that that appeals to people. Because actually the fish itself, I've heard, is not particularly exciting flavor-wise.

SIMON: Ms. Longmore, do you find yourself working your way through the list, having put it together now? I mean is this something that you feel you have to do before you pass this mortal coil?

Ms. LONGMORE: Yes. I have ticked off a few, actually, since I've written it.

SIMON: Like what?

Ms. LONGMORE: The Kobe beef. The jurasico del lomo(ph) I had it quite recently as well.

SIMON: Kobe beef is the beef that Japanese cattle are fed and massaged, right?

Ms. LONGMORE: That's the one, yes. The drink beer and get massages. Not a bad life.

SIMON: A lot like my late uncle Raymond.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Anna Longmore of Britain's Arena magazine, thanks very much.

Ms. LONGMORE: No. Thank you so much for having me.

SIMON: This is NPR News.

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