It turns out that Gadus morhua, the Atlantic cod was a major pla A fascinating review of the history of the Atlantic cod fisheries. Cod are thus easy to catch but not much fun for sportsmen. Not only are Basques shepherds, but they are also a seafaring people, noted for their successes in commerce. It tracks the discovery of cod by Europeans, it's infiltration as a dietary staple and it's decline from over-fishing. Even in midsummer, when the days are almost without nightfall, the sea there is gray and kicks up whitecaps.
Full of anecdotes and personal asides, Kurlansky personalises the topic more than many historians can do for actual human subjects. It definitely make me worried about over-fishing and has made me reconsider my fish-eating unless I can be assured that the fish I ate were either farmed or fished in sustainable conditions-- I think a difficult task! By the fourteenth century, it had chapters as far north as Iceland, as far east as Riga, south to the Ukraine, and west to Venice. These are of the night of the accident and show the reader that Tom is affected by the actions of his brother on that night. For most of our history, when we were hunter-gatherers, things must have been similar with us. Okay, it looks more like this. Find On: , , ,.
And more cod could be sold there. This book yields a feast of common and uncommon truths about the greatest of all hunters, homo sapiens. The various recipes the use cod scattered around the book were a novelty touch and seem very interesting! This broad assortment of raw, unpublished, 1940 manuscripts, including works by Nelson Algren, Eudora Welty and Zora Neale Hurston reveal a very different America with a different cuisine and a different society. Cod seemed to have stopped migrating. Basques were not the first to cure cod. Kurlansky presents the cod and its importance in world history, which was surely as entertaining and educational as it was unique.
Kurlansky's book is a readable, entertaining, and education experience and is well worth exploring. With the added bonus of numerous recipes pulled from over many centuries, Kurlansky ties the discussion together and permits the reader to explore the culinary side of the topic, a less confrontational aspect of cod fishing. Eliminate regulations and we will flourish. Somewhere along the line we learned the trick of turning the excess we might acquire of one commodity into a whole host of other goods, through trade. People became rich on cod. I also have done a bit of online research as to how this wonderful fish has been going now that there has been a moratorium on its fishing. This past month Cod was my suggestion for book club.
It is both prominent and powerful. From fishing ports in New England and Newfoundland to coastal skiffs, schooners, and factory ships across the Atlantic; from Iceland and Scandinavia to the coasts of England, Brazil, and West Africa, Mark Kurlansky tells a story that brings world history and human passions into captivating focus. I think you'll enjoy reading it. This book spans 1,000 years and four continents. As a consumer, perhaps I need to become more mindful.
Kurlansky presents the cod and its importance in world history, which was surely as entertaining and educational as it was unique. While I knew of the stories of the Grand banks and Georges banks from my University days I doubt there is a Marine Biologist in the world who has not studied this classic case of overfishing , I had never thought about the wider social implications of the collapse of this fishery and I certainly had never wondered too much about the sociological role of the animal. Three wars to close the open sea -- ch. We must change some of our eating habits and eat other fish. The summer of 1964 was the in edition to the summer the Beatles came, the zenith of the Civil Rights movement with the Mississippi Freedom Summer, the summer of Black Power, the summer the Vietnam War began, the summer that a presidential election permanently reconfigured American politics, and the first Black. They take the target fish and the by-catch.
I love history and anthropology; therefore, I love this book. Part of the problem, it seems to me, is that science must prove its conclusions. I found the history fascinating beginning with the Vikings in 1000 in the Mediterranean world where salted meats prevailed i What a surprising and excellent read! Kurlansky sprinkles his well-written and occasionally humorous history with interesting asides on the possible origin of the word codpiece and dozens of fish recipes. Little is known about the ecology there. Well, strap yourselves in for a wild ride, folks! While it does lend a new perspective on the conflict, it neglects other reasons for British defeat such as the vast territory the army had to cover in the colonies, so distant from Great Britain.
And the settlement of North America was driven by it. This classic history will stand as an epitaph and a warning. They enjoyed the subtle humor and random tidbits of information about cod. More than 500 years later the Beothuk tribe of Newfoundland would prevent John Cabot from exploring beyond crossbow range of his ship. However, cod are not as fertile as one might think, nor able to replenish as quickly as they are captured. It is well written, easy to read and thoroughly enjoyable. It was a vast, rocky coastline that was ideal for salting and drying fish, by a sea that was teeming with cod.
Requiem for the Grand Banks -- ch. He embellishes his story with gastronomic detail, blending in recipes and lore from the Middle Ages to the present. While I may not be rushing out to have cod-head chowder, you did get me thinking about an industry about which I know so little. I was occasionally amused by this book, but mostly because of present day connections. I wondered why the author failed to mention what a deadly poison lead is. One theory is that bigger, older fish are no longer there to lead the way. The book even ends with what the author describes as six centuries worth of recipes.