By Mark Kurlansky
From the Bestselling writer of Salt and The Basque heritage of the World
Cod, Mark Kurlansky’s 3rd paintings of nonfiction and winner of the 1999 James Beard Award, is the biography of a unmarried species of fish, however it may perhaps in addition be an international historical past with this humble fish as its routine major personality. Cod, it seems, is the cause Europeans set sail around the Atlantic, and it's the purely cause they can. What did the Vikings devour in icy Greenland and at the 5 expeditions to the United States recorded within the Icelandic sagas? Cod, frozen and dried within the frosty air, then damaged into items and eaten like hardtack. What used to be the staple of the medieval vitamin? Cod back, bought salted by way of the Basques, an enigmatic individuals with a mysterious, limitless offer of cod. As we make our manner throughout the centuries of cod historical past, we additionally discover a scrumptious legacy of recipes, and the tragic tale of environmental failure, of depleted fishing shares the place as soon as their numbers have been mythical. during this beautiful, considerate heritage, Mark Kurlansky ponders the query: Is the fish that replaced the realm eternally replaced by means of the world's folly?
“A fascinating fish story and an attractive present to your favourite seafood cook dinner or fishing monomaniac. yet in the final research, it’s a sour ecological delusion for our time.” –Los Angeles Times
“Every from time to time a author of specific ability takes a clean, possible inconceivable proposal and turns out a publication of natural pride. Such is the case of Mark Kurlansky and the codfish.” –David McCullough
“One of the 25 most sensible Books of the Year.” –The New York Public Library
Mark Kurlansky is the writer of many books together with Salt, The Basque background of the World, 1968, and The immense Oyster. His most modern ebook is Birdseye.
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