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Bizarre Foods' Andrew Zimmern Was Homeless and Stole Purses to Fund His Addictions (Before He Ate Bull Testicles)

Bizarre? Um, yeah, to say the least.

According to an interview with The Fix, Andrew Zimmern, chef, food writer, and host of Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, was a "New York City garbage-head" who, before achieving nearly 20 years of sobriety, was addicted to heroin, cocaine, and alcohol -- and saw death as the only way out.

The 49-year-old foodie and consumer of wildebeast eyeballs had this to say:
"Every day you'd do your hustle or whatever to get enough money for booze and you'd buy a bottle of Comet cleanser. And I'd sprinkle it in a circle around my little pile of clothes that I slept on, so that roaches and rodents didn't crawl over that line and hassle me when I passed out at the end of the night. It's a pretty horrific way to live."

Check out the full interview of Zimmern's bounce back from the brink here.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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