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Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood

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“If youre a seafood lover, pick up this guide to which fish are the best for our bodies and which are best for the environment.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Just when opting for omega-3-rich seafood is being recognized as one of the healthiest dietary choices a person can make, the news seems to be full of stories about mercury-laden tuna, shrimp contaminated with antibiotics, and diminishing fish stocks. Is it still even good for us? Bottomfeeder is the story of a seafood lovers round-the-world quest for a truly decent meal. A balanced and practical guide to eating—newly updated for the paperback edition—it explains which fish are best for the environment, the seas, and our bodies.

Taras Grescoe is the author of The Devils Picnic, The End of Elsewhere, and Sacré Blues, which was shortlisted for the Writers Trust Award and was a national bestseller in Canada. His work appears in major publications all over the United States, the UK, and Canada, including National Geographic, the Independent, the Guardian, Condé Nast Traveller (U.K.), National Geographic Traveler, and the New York Times. He lives in Montreal.

Dividing his sensibilities between Epicureanism and ethics, Taras Grescoe set out on a nine-month worldwide search for a delicious—and humane—plate of seafood. What he discovered shocked him. From North American Red Lobsters to fish farms and research centers in China, Bottomfeeder takes readers on an illuminating tour through the $55-billion-dollar-a-year seafood industry. Grescoe examines how out-of-control pollution, unregulated fishing practices, and climate change affect what ends up on our plate. More than a screed against a multibillion-dollar industry, however, this is also a balanced and practical guide to eating, as Grescoe explains to readers which fish are best for our environment, our seas, and our bodies.

Bottomfeeder highlights the diversity, complexity, and fragility of our oceans. Its an important reminder that we all have to take better care of our oceans if we want seafood in our future.”—David Suzuki, co-founder, David Suzuki Foundation

“If you're a seafood lover, pick up this guide to which fish are the best for our bodies and which are best for the environment.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Research that brings muckraking books such as Fast Food Nation to mind.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“A stunning exposé of human folly with fishing around the globe.”—The Guardian (UK)

“Grescoe's tale hits all the right notes. It's an entree you'll remember.”—Fortune Small Business

“It's a big mess and Grescoe charts it with muscular prose and a well-stamped passport . . . Fired by a foodie's passion for the animals whose disappearance he mourns.”—The Observer (UK)

“Grescoe takes us on an international tour of controversial cuisines—shark fin soup in China, whale sashimi in Japan, monkfish tail in New York City—meanwhile offering an overview of the corrupt practices that have put the oceans (and our health) in danger. The portrait he paints is grim: oceanic dead zones that, because of pollution and overfishing, can no longer support organic life; salmon farms polluted by pesticides and disease; ruthless bottom trawlers with nets that can destroy entire ecosystems. A warning is not a death sentence, however. The book empowers consumers to ask the right questions—if the halibut is from the Atlantic or Pacific, for instance, and whether the lobster pasta is actually made from monkfish, which is endangered. And asking these questions will make it possible to enjoy seafood for years to come.”—Salon

“From pollutants to piracy, preservatives to Patagonian toothfish, Grescoe surveys the state of our collective waterways in Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood, which combines some literal seabed muckraking with a fascinating travelogue . . . [An] aquatic The Omnivore's Dilemma.”—Gothamist

“Fascinating . . . will inform many about the dire state of the oceans, expose the dreadful environmental consequences of badly managed aquaculture, and prompt us to make better seafood choices . . . With clear, compelling writing, Grescoe covers a vast array of topics ranging from ecology (e.g. how overfishing affects ecosystems), cooking and eating (a trip to a Japanese restaurant that serves whale meat), economics (the business of black-market cod), and history.”—Ethicurean

“In this whirlwind, worldwide tour of fisheries, Grescoe whiplashes readers from ecological devastation to edible ecstasy and back again. In disturbing detail, he depicts the turbid and murky Chesapeake Bay, where, with overharvested oysters too few to do their filtering job, fish are infested with the cell from hell, a micro-organism that eats their flesh and exposes their guts. He describes how Indian shrimp farms treated with pesticides, antibiotics and diesel oil are destroying protective mangroves, ecosystems and villages, and portrays the fate of sharks—a collapsing fishery—finned for the Chinese delicacy shark-fin soup: living sharks have their pectoral and dorsal fins cut from their bodies with heated metal blades . . . The sharks are kicked back into the ocean, alive and bleeding; it can take them days to die. But these horrific scenes are interspersed with delectable meals of succulent Portuguese sardines with fat-jeweled juices or a luscious breakfast of bluefin tuna sashimi, cool and moist . . . halfway between a demi-sel Breton butter and an unctuous steak tartare; the latter is a dish that, due to the fish's endangered status, Grescoe decides he won't enjoy again. The book ends on a cautiously optimistic note: scientists know what steps are needed to save the fisheries and the ocean; we just need the political will to follow through. Grescoe provides a helpful list of which fish to eat: no, never, depends, sometimes and absolutely, always.”—Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

“If youre a seafood lover, pick up this guide to which fish are the best for our bodies and which are best for the environment.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Just when opting for omega-3-rich seafood is being recognized as one of the healthiest dietary choices a person can make, the news seems to be full of stories about mercury-laden tuna, shrimp contaminated with antibiotics, and diminishing fish stocks. Is it still even good for us? Bottomfeeder is the story of a seafood lovers round-the-world quest for a truly decent meal. A balanced and practical guide to eating—newly updated for the paperback edition—it explains which fish are best for the environment, the seas, and our bodies.

Synopsis:

An eye-opening look at aquaculture that does for seafood what Fast Food Nation did for beef.

Dividing his sensibilities between Epicureanism and ethics, Taras Grescoe set out on a nine-month, worldwide search for a delicious--and humane--plate of seafood. What he discovered shocked him. From North American Red Lobsters to fish farms and research centers in China, Bottomfeeder takes readers on an illuminating tour through the $55-billion-dollar-a-year seafood industry. Grescoe examines how out-of-control pollution, unregulated fishing practices, and climate change affect what ends up on our plate. More than a screed against a multibillion-dollar industry, however, this is also a balanced and practical guide to eating, as Grescoe explains to readers which fish are best for our environment, our seas, and our bodies.

At once entertaining and illuminating, Bottomfeeder is a thoroughly enjoyable look at the world's cuisines and an examination of the fishing and farming practices we too easily take for granted.

About the Author

Taras Grescoe is the author of The Devils Picnic, The End of Elsewhere, and Sacre Blues, which was shortlisted for the Writers Trust Award and was a national bestseller in Canada. H is work appears in major publications all over the U nited S tates, the UK, and Canada, including National Geographic, the Independent, the Guardian, Condé Nast Traveller (U.K.), National Geographic Traveler, and the New York Times. He lives in Montreal.

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Elizabeth L, January 26, 2012 (view all comments by Elizabeth L)
This book provides a much more in-depth look at the many issues that influence fish populations worldwide than anything I've read before, and Grescoe reaches some interesting conclusions that both contradict and resonate with what other food-related agencies would recommend. Grescoe teaches how to be an informed consumer (in all ways) of seafood, and speaks to the benefits with equal persuasion. He is such a great and evocative writer, that this book - despite some of its depressing content - is a joy to read from beginning to end.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781596916258
Subtitle:
How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood
Author:
Grescoe, Taras
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Specific Ingredients - Seafood
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
General Cooking
Subject:
Fisheries & Aquaculture
Subject:
Cookery (seafood)
Subject:
Marine resources conservation
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Fish and Seafood
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20090428
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
“If youre a seafood lover, pick up this guide to which fish are the best for our bodies and which are best for the environment.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Just when opting for omega-3-rich seafood is being recognized as one of the healthiest dietary choices a person can make, the news seems to be full of stories about mercury-laden tuna, shrimp contaminated with antibiotics, and diminishing fish stocks. Is it still even good for us? Bottomfeeder is the story of a seafood lovers round-the-world quest for a truly decent meal. A balanced and practical guide to eating—newly updated for the paperback edition—it explains which fish are best for the environment, the seas, and our bodies.

"Synopsis" by , An eye-opening look at aquaculture that does for seafood what Fast Food Nation did for beef.

Dividing his sensibilities between Epicureanism and ethics, Taras Grescoe set out on a nine-month, worldwide search for a delicious--and humane--plate of seafood. What he discovered shocked him. From North American Red Lobsters to fish farms and research centers in China, Bottomfeeder takes readers on an illuminating tour through the $55-billion-dollar-a-year seafood industry. Grescoe examines how out-of-control pollution, unregulated fishing practices, and climate change affect what ends up on our plate. More than a screed against a multibillion-dollar industry, however, this is also a balanced and practical guide to eating, as Grescoe explains to readers which fish are best for our environment, our seas, and our bodies.

At once entertaining and illuminating, Bottomfeeder is a thoroughly enjoyable look at the world's cuisines and an examination of the fishing and farming practices we too easily take for granted.

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