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Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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

Review:

"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

Review:

"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:

An irresistible account of bread, bread baking, and one home bakerand#8217;s journey to master his craft

In 2009, journalist Samuel Fromartz was offered the assignment of a lifetime: to travel to France to work in a boulangerie. So began his quest to hone not just his homemade baguetteand#151;which later beat out professional bakeries to win the and#147;Best Baguette of D.C.and#8221;and#151;but his knowledge of bread, from seed to table.

For the next four years, Fromartz traveled across the United States and Europe, perfecting his sourdough in California, his whole grain rye in Berlin, and his country wheat in the South of France. Along the way, he met historians, millers, farmers, wheat geneticists, sourdough biochemists, and everyone in between, learning about the history of breadmaking, the science of fermentation, and more. The result is an informative yet personal account of bread and breadbaking, complete with detailed recipes, tips, and beautiful photographs.

Entertaining and inspiring, this book will be a touchstone for a new generation of bakers and a must-read for anyone who wants to take a deeper look at this deceptively ordinary, exceptionally delicious staple: handmade bread.

Synopsis:

* and#147;Accessible to middle-grade readersand#133;The Codand#8217;s Taleand#160;considers how the cod fits into human history. Excellent ink drawings, brightened with colorful washes, illustrate incidents from the text with clarity, a flair for the dramatic, and a sense of humor.and#8221;

and#151;Booklist, starred review

and#160;

What was it that enabled the Vikings, Christopher Columbus, and the Pilgrims to cross the cold Atlantic Ocean to America? What became a staple of the medieval diet in Europe, helped spur the American Revolution, and allowed the early New Englanders to start making money of their own?

and#160;

Would you believe that it was a fish?

and#160;

The cod!

and#160;

Based on Mark Kurlanskyand#8217;sand#160;New York Timesand#160;bestselling adult book,and#160;Cod, this picture book offers a unique look at over a thousand years of world history.

and#160;

and#147;Breezy, kid-friendly prose...fascinating and informative...bound to hook young readers.and#8221;

and#151;The Bulletin of the Center for Childrenand#8217;s Books

An ALA Notable Book

Includes suggestions for further reading, factual sidebars, and timeline

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

What Our Readers Are Saying

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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
Author:
Kurlansky, Mark
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Weinstein, Bruce
Author:
Williams, Wendy
Author:
Schindler, S. D.
Author:
Nilsson, Marcus
Author:
Fromartz, Samuel
Author:
Scarbrough, Mark
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
Subject:
Animals - Fishes
Subject:
history; animals; fish; ecology; conservation; world history; human civilization
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
19980731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 2
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full color
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
9.00 x 5.25 in
Age Level:
from 7

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Product details 48 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 ,
An irresistible account of bread, bread baking, and one home bakerand#8217;s journey to master his craft

In 2009, journalist Samuel Fromartz was offered the assignment of a lifetime: to travel to France to work in a boulangerie. So began his quest to hone not just his homemade baguetteand#151;which later beat out professional bakeries to win the and#147;Best Baguette of D.C.and#8221;and#151;but his knowledge of bread, from seed to table.

For the next four years, Fromartz traveled across the United States and Europe, perfecting his sourdough in California, his whole grain rye in Berlin, and his country wheat in the South of France. Along the way, he met historians, millers, farmers, wheat geneticists, sourdough biochemists, and everyone in between, learning about the history of breadmaking, the science of fermentation, and more. The result is an informative yet personal account of bread and breadbaking, complete with detailed recipes, tips, and beautiful photographs.

Entertaining and inspiring, this book will be a touchstone for a new generation of bakers and a must-read for anyone who wants to take a deeper look at this deceptively ordinary, exceptionally delicious staple: handmade bread.

"Synopsis" by ,
* and#147;Accessible to middle-grade readersand#133;The Codand#8217;s Taleand#160;considers how the cod fits into human history. Excellent ink drawings, brightened with colorful washes, illustrate incidents from the text with clarity, a flair for the dramatic, and a sense of humor.and#8221;

and#151;Booklist, starred review

and#160;

What was it that enabled the Vikings, Christopher Columbus, and the Pilgrims to cross the cold Atlantic Ocean to America? What became a staple of the medieval diet in Europe, helped spur the American Revolution, and allowed the early New Englanders to start making money of their own?

and#160;

Would you believe that it was a fish?

and#160;

The cod!

and#160;

Based on Mark Kurlanskyand#8217;sand#160;New York Timesand#160;bestselling adult book,and#160;Cod, this picture book offers a unique look at over a thousand years of world history.

and#160;

and#147;Breezy, kid-friendly prose...fascinating and informative...bound to hook young readers.and#8221;

and#151;The Bulletin of the Center for Childrenand#8217;s Books

An ALA Notable Book

Includes suggestions for further reading, factual sidebars, and timeline

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