Cod : A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World Paperback
The Cod. Wars have been fought over it, revolutions have been triggered by it, national diets have been based on it, economies and livelihoods have depended on it.
To the millions it has sustained, it has been a treasure more precious that gold.
This book spans 1,000 years and four continents. From the Vikings to Clarence Birdseye, Mark Kurlansky introduces the explorers, merchants, writers, chefs and fisherman, whose lives have been interwoven with this prolific fish.
He chronicles the cod wars of the 16th and 20th centuries.
He blends in recipes and lore from the Middle Ages to the present.
In a story that brings world history and human passions into captivating focus, he shows how the most profitable fish in history is today faced with extinction.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 06/05/1999
- Category: General & world history
- ISBN: 9780099268703
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Review by mktab
This is some great writing! Pretty amazing to making the life of a fish entertaining and compelling.
Review by sergerca
Very interesting topic- surprisingly. I really enjoyed learning about the intersection of cod fishing and New World exploration. However, the last major part of the book is almost exclusively devoted to recipes and the culutres who ate them. I had to skip this part as it was very dull. All in all, interesting topic and well done.
Review by NocturnalLibrarian
A surprisingly entertaining book. Who knew a book about cod could be so full of information and intrigue. The author traces the history of cod and cod fishing and its emmense impact on the world. As a bonus, the author includes many tempting, interesting, and sometimes disgusting recipes for cod.
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Review by LynnB
After reading Cod, I definitely will read more books by Mark Kurlansky. My work deals with aboriginal rights, fishing being a key one for many communities. Deciding to read Cod was related to my work. My first thought was that I was glad it was a short (276 pages) book. It was fascinating! I will be recommending it to my book club. Mr. Kurlansky talks about environmental, historical, economic and political issues in a way that is readable, and that tells a story. The "cod wars" between England and Iceland were particularly entertaining and even funny at times. I had no idea that it was tiny Iceland who first proclaimed a 12 mile offshore ownership, and first enforced today's 200 mile limit.Not only does this short book talk about exploration and history, it also deals with technology, including the ability to freeze food and how that changed demand for cod. There is a lot packed in here -- including several (too many?) recipes for salt cod. In fact, the whole last section (A Cook's Tale) is a collection of recipes and I did skip most of it.Interspersed with the story
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