Looking for the ultimate way to save money on your food costs? Adam Scott has. “Monkey Chow” is a processed feed for zoo monkeys and great apes. A 25 lb bag only costs $25, averaging out to $1 a meal. Adam calculates that he could save $600 a month on this diet, not counting the $4000 he would save if he had not needed to purchase all the appliances. But best of all, you never have to clean the kitchen or wash dishes.
Imagine going to the grocery store only once every 6 months. Imagine paying less than a dollar per meal. Imagine never washing dishes, chopping vegetables or setting the table ever again. It sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?
But can a human subsist on a constant diet of pelletized, nutritionally complete food like puppies and monkeys do? For the good of human kind, I’m about to find out. On June 3, 2006, I began my week of eating nothing but monkey chow: “a complete and balanced diet for the nutrition of primates, including the great apes.”
Maybe I’ll lose weight. Maybe I’ll gain superhuman monkey strength. Maybe I’ll go crazy. Maybe it’s too late. Check back here every day to follow along with the Monkey Chow Diaries. Comments, criticisms, questions and advice can be left on the blog.
I’m tired of cooking. I hate scrubbing pots and pans. I’ve wasted too much time in the checkout line. It’s time to eat chow.
Just in case you are tempted to try this diet – watch the videos.