Author Jeffrey Spear has a background in design and marketing and has been working around the world for decades helping food producers develop marketing programs.

All his exotic culinary adventures inspired him to write a book, “My Life in Gluttony: A Culinary Adventure” (a 2020 Florida Book Awards gold medalist).

Spear joined River City Live host Rance Adams to share details and a special recipe from the book.

“All my international travel really started about 20 years ago, but I said, ‘No, I’m going to go back to my birthplace to Baltimore, Maryland, and talk about the exotic culinary encounters I’ve had since I was a kid,” Spear said.

The first, he said, involved tuna noodle casserole when he was in Boy Scouts. One culinary adventure in Malawi involved a chargrilled mouse.

“They eat it like jerky,” Spear said.

He shared a Russian recipe with us on RCL. Watch the video above for more.

Spear will be describing his adventures, along with some insights into the First Coast’s culinary history from 14,000 BC to 1821, at the Beaches Museum in Jacksonville Beach at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. For more information, visit

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