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Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World

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Wars have been fought over it, revolutions have been spurred by it, national diets have been based on it, economies have depended on it, and the settlement of North America was driven by it. Cod, it turns out, is the reason Europeans set sail across the Atlantic, and it is the only reason they could. What did the Vikings eat in icy Greenland and on the five expeditions to America recorded in the Icelandic sagas? Cod — frozen and dried in the frosty air, then broken into pieces and eaten like hardtack. What was the staple of the medieval diet? Cod again, sold salted by the Basques, an enigmatic people with a mysterious, unlimited supply of cod.

Cod is a charming tour of history with all its economic forces laid bare and a fish story embellished with great gastronomic detail. It is also a tragic tale of environmental failure, of depleted fishing stocks where once the cod's numbers were legendary. In this deceptively whimsical biography of a fish, Mark Kurlansky brings a thousand years of human civilization into captivating focus.

Synopsis:

National Bestseller  ¸  Editors' Pick, Maclean's

About the Author

Mark Kurlansky worked for several years on commercial fishing boats in Canada and the US, and subsequently became a journalist, covering beats in Eastern and Western Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America for the Chicago Tribune and the International Herald Tribune. He has written for magazines including Harper's, Audubon, and the New York Times Magazine, and contributes a column on food history to Food & Wine magazine. In addition to Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World, he is the author of A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny, A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry, The Basque History of the World, and Salt: A World History. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780676971118
Subtitle:
A Biography Of The Fish That Changed The World
Publisher:
Vintage Canada
Author:
Kurlansky, Mark
Location:
Toronto :
Subject:
Canada
Subject:
Oceanography-Fish
Subject:
history;food;non-fiction;fish;cod;fishing;ecology;science;nature;natural history;food history;fisheries;environment;world history;microhistory;social history;biology;animals;maritime;codfish;economics;cooking;fishing industry;newfoundland;food writing;sea
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19980616
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.12 x 5.1 x .89 in .53 lb

Related Subjects

Cooking and Food » Reference and Etiquette » Historical Food and Cooking
History and Social Science » World History » Canada
History and Social Science » World History » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Fish
Science and Mathematics » Oceanography » Fish

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