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Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World

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A delightful romp through history with all its economic forces laid bare, Cod is the biography of a single species of fish, but it may as well be a world history with this humble fish as its recurring main character. 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.

As we make our way through the centuries of cod history, we also find a delicious legacy of recipes, and the tragic story of environmental failure, of depleted fishing stocks where once their numbers were legendary. In this lovely, thoughtful history, Mark Kurlansky ponders the question: Is the fish that changed the world forever changed by the world's folly?

Review:

"A loving eulogy not only to a fish, but to the people whose lives have been shaped by the habits of the fish, and whose way of life is now at an end". New York Newsday

Review:

"Kurlansky relates [the] information in an entertaining style while providing accurate scientific information." Library Journal

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"This eminently readable book is a new tool for scanning world history. It leads to a vastly different perception of why folks did what they did....Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World is history filtered through the gills of the fish trade." New York Times Book Review

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"Writing with a bright, crisp, journalistic flair, Kurlansky situates the cod in all its historic glory..." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Books as beautifully written and elegantly illustrated as this are, unhappily, as rare as cod. Kurlansky's marvellous fish opus stands as a reminder of what good non-fiction used to be: eloquent, learned, and full of earthy narratives that delight and appall. This book yields a feast of common and uncommon truths about the greatest of all hunters, homo sapiens." The Globe and Mail

Review:

"[A] marvellously enlightening...concise biography that does justice to the vibrant and tragic history of the cod." St. John's Evening Telegram

Review:

"Stephen King would be proud. In Cod, Mark Kurlansky has created a little book of horrors that is compulsively readable." The Georgia Straight

Review:

"A beautiful, vivacious essay on life and manners, not overlooking human folly." The Financial Post

Review:

"Every once in a while a writer of particular skill takes a fresh, seemingly improbable idea and turns out a book of pure delight. Such is the case of Mark Kurlansky and the codfish." David McCullough

Review:

"[T]his remarkable and informative volume should net any number of happy readers." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

From the Bestselling Author of Salt and The Basque History of the World

Cod, Mark Kurlansky’s third work of nonfiction and winner of the 1999 James Beard Award, is the biography of a single species of fish, but it may as well be a world history with this humble fish as its recurring main character. 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. As we make our way through the centuries of cod history, we also find a delicious legacy of recipes, and the tragic story of environmental failure, of depleted fishing stocks where once their numbers were legendary. In this lovely, thoughtful history, Mark Kurlansky ponders the question: Is the fish that changed the world forever changed by the world's folly?

 
“A charming fish tale and a pretty gift for your favorite seafood cook or fishing monomaniac. But in the last analysis, it’s a bitter ecological fable for our time.” –Los Angeles Times
 
“Every once in a while a writer of particular skill takes a fresh, seemingly improbable idea and turns out a book of pure delight. Such is the case of Mark Kurlansky and the codfish.” –David McCullough
 
“One of the 25 Best Books of the Year.” –The New York Public Library

Mark Kurlansky is the author of many books including Salt, The Basque History of the World, 1968, and The Big Oyster. His newest book is Birdseye.

About the Author

Mark Kurlansky has written articles for the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, the International Herald Tribune, and Partisan Review. He is also the author of two other books, A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny (Ballantine) and The Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry(Ballantine). When not travelling around the world, Mark makes his home in New York City with his wife and daughter.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Sentry on the Headlands (So Close to Ireland)

PART ONE: A FISH TALE
1: The Race to Codlandia
2: With Mouth Wide Open
3: The Cod Rush
4: 1620: The Rock and the Cod
5: Certain Inalienable Rights
6: A Cod War Heard 'Round the World

PART TWO: LIMITS
7: A Few New Ideas Versus Nine Million Eggs
8: The Last Two Ideas
9: Iceland Discovers the Finite Universe
10: Three Wars to Close the Open Sea

PART THREE: THE LAST HUNTERS
11: Requiem for the Grand Banks
12: The Dangerous Waters of Nature's Resilience
13: Bracing for the Spanish Armada
14: Bracing for the Canadian Armada

A COOK'S TALE: SIX CENTURIES OF COD RECIPES

Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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winelghund, September 14, 2008 (view all comments by winelghund)
It has been some years since I first read this book but I still recommend it highly. Kurlansky uses his remarkable talent to weave a tapestry of scientific, historical and cultural threads relating this thirty-pound sack of protien to the Hanseatic League, the Triangle Trade, and almost every important event and entity in western European history. "...the Fish That Changed the World" indeed!
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jmstraig, May 27, 2007 (view all comments by jmstraig)
A fish-eye view of history, Cod charts over 500 years of human interaction with the humble Codfish. From the influence of Cod in American settlements to the effects of commercial fishing on Cod populations Mark Kurlansky's portrait of the Cod fish is complete, however, Cod is more than just a bizarre historical tale. The effects of humanity on the enviroment, and the danger that the long savored Cod fish could face in the future emerge in detail. Kurlansky's book is a readable, entertaining, and education experience and is well worth exploring.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140275018
Subtitle:
A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World
Author:
Kurlansky, Mark
Author:
Weinstein, Bruce
Author:
Williams, Wendy
Author:
Nilsson, Marcus
Author:
Scarbrough, Mark
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fish
Subject:
Cookery
Subject:
History
Subject:
World
Subject:
Cookery (fish)
Subject:
Anthropology - Physical
Subject:
Cod-fisheries
Subject:
Codfish.
Subject:
Cookery (Codfish)
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Cod fisheries -- History.
Subject:
Animals - Fish
Subject:
Marine Life
Subject:
Meat
Subject:
Oceanography-Fish
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
19980701
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 black-and-white illustrations and pho
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.00 x 5.25 in
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 304 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140275018 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A loving eulogy not only to a fish, but to the people whose lives have been shaped by the habits of the fish, and whose way of life is now at an end".
"Review" by , "Kurlansky relates [the] information in an entertaining style while providing accurate scientific information."
"Review" by , "This eminently readable book is a new tool for scanning world history. It leads to a vastly different perception of why folks did what they did....Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World is history filtered through the gills of the fish trade."
"Review" by , "Writing with a bright, crisp, journalistic flair, Kurlansky situates the cod in all its historic glory..."
"Review" by , "Books as beautifully written and elegantly illustrated as this are, unhappily, as rare as cod. Kurlansky's marvellous fish opus stands as a reminder of what good non-fiction used to be: eloquent, learned, and full of earthy narratives that delight and appall. This book yields a feast of common and uncommon truths about the greatest of all hunters, homo sapiens."
"Review" by , "[A] marvellously enlightening...concise biography that does justice to the vibrant and tragic history of the cod."
"Review" by , "Stephen King would be proud. In Cod, Mark Kurlansky has created a little book of horrors that is compulsively readable."
"Review" by , "A beautiful, vivacious essay on life and manners, not overlooking human folly."
"Review" by , "Every once in a while a writer of particular skill takes a fresh, seemingly improbable idea and turns out a book of pure delight. Such is the case of Mark Kurlansky and the codfish."
"Review" by , "[T]his remarkable and informative volume should net any number of happy readers."
"Synopsis" by ,
From the Bestselling Author of Salt and The Basque History of the World

Cod, Mark Kurlansky’s third work of nonfiction and winner of the 1999 James Beard Award, is the biography of a single species of fish, but it may as well be a world history with this humble fish as its recurring main character. 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. As we make our way through the centuries of cod history, we also find a delicious legacy of recipes, and the tragic story of environmental failure, of depleted fishing stocks where once their numbers were legendary. In this lovely, thoughtful history, Mark Kurlansky ponders the question: Is the fish that changed the world forever changed by the world's folly?

 
“A charming fish tale and a pretty gift for your favorite seafood cook or fishing monomaniac. But in the last analysis, it’s a bitter ecological fable for our time.” –Los Angeles Times
 
“Every once in a while a writer of particular skill takes a fresh, seemingly improbable idea and turns out a book of pure delight. Such is the case of Mark Kurlansky and the codfish.” –David McCullough
 
“One of the 25 Best Books of the Year.” –The New York Public Library

Mark Kurlansky is the author of many books including Salt, The Basque History of the World, 1968, and The Big Oyster. His newest book is Birdseye.

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