Why Andrew Zimmern Won't Be Eating Placenta
This story first appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Beat this, locavores: Eddie Lin, of extreme-eating blog Deep End Dining and a judge during casting for ABC's The Taste, is almost done with his doc about eating placenta. It's tentatively titled Cooking Diane after his ex-wife, whose afterbirth (simmered with sesame oil and rice wine) they both ingested at her behest after a difficult pregnancy. (His friend Andrew Zimmern, host of Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods, has admitted to him he's "jealous" because Zimmern and his wife aren't having children and, says Lin, Zimmern "doesn't want to turn in to a freak show" by eating non-familial placenta.)
The film examines the mostly under-the-radar culture of placentophagia that occasionally gets press, as when January Jones swallowed her own in 2011. Proponents believe the practice, a tradition from China to Nigeria, helps with postpartum depression and aids in lactation, although medical evidence is scant. "Why is this long-standing practice not taken seriously by the scientific community?" says Lin, who whipped up a placenta tartare on camera for a vegan Venice mother in April.