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You probably enjoy eating codfish, but reading about them? Mark Kurlansky has written a fabulous book--well worth your time--about a fish that probably has mattered more in human history than any other. The cod helped inspire the discovery and exploration of North America. It had a profound impact upon the economic development of New England and eastern Canada from the earliest times. Today, however, overfishing is a constant threat. 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. Sometimes a book on an offbeat or neglected subject really makes the grade. This is one of them. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
In this New York Times best seller, Kurlansky gets us to look at the lowly cod in a whole new light. Search for the lucrative codfish played a key role in the development of the New World. Britain allowed the Colonies to trade with third parties-a milestone on the road to independence-due to a superabundance of cod. We also hear about the evolution of fishing technology that is so successful that cod have come close to extinction and the effect of the 200-mile limit. Moreover, the author relates marvelous Basque, French, British, and New England cod recipes from the last 500 years. Richard Davidson narrates this exceptionally informative and entertaining work.
James L. Dudley, Westhampton, NY
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Superb read full of interesting facts about the fish so central to medieval and early modern history. Read morePublished 15 months ago by William
this book anticipate the sad future of many animals and fish species.(atlantic salmon, snow crab,northern whale (narwal)
it is a great book written by a great author.
A short, not overly belabored overview of the history of cod fishing and the politics and economic factors that impact the situation to this day. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2011 by Rodge
This book is another interesting and informative, but narrow subject history book of the type this author prefers to write. In some sections it poses as a cookbook. Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by J. head
This book has to be one of the most entertaining history texts in, well, history. I couldn't put it down. What a joy!Published on Nov. 20 2002 by Jill Bernard
If you enjoy popular nonfiction such as The Perfect Storm, Longitude, or A Walk in the Woods, you'll enjoy this book. Read morePublished on May 14 2002 by Ken Zirkel
Originality and patriotism are good things. Cod and his fishing also is. But that definitely isn't by nothing good it's to say that Basques are a special and almost unique race in... Read morePublished on March 12 2002 by Carlos Vazquez Quintana