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Four Fish : The Future of the Last Wild Food (Hardcover) (Paul Greenberg)

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"Finally we have learned that food is best when produced on a small scale in accordance with the rhythms of our planet. Paul Greenberg's warm and witty Four Fish takes this concept to the ocean. Seafood deserves the same kind of respect and political awareness as food from the land. Maybe more."---Alice Waters

"Four Fish is not only the best analysis I've seen of the current state of both wild and farmed fish---it's a terrific read."---Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook Everything and Food Matters

"We are lucky to have the exceptional journalist and writer Paul Greenberg turn his attention to one of the greatest threats to our food supply, the depeletion of the world's fisheries. By deftly drawing together the strands of a pressing global crisis, Greenberg will change the way you think about the fish you eat." --- Amanda Hesser, New York Times food columnist and a founder of

"If you've ever ordered salmon, if you've ever slurped a bowl of chowder, if you've ever sat down for sushi, Paul Greenberg's friendly and thoughtful book will lure you in, surprise you, probably shock you, and certainly make you think. Revelatory and colorful, Four Fish provides a ringside seat for one of the biggest culinary events of the day: the unfolding human drama of constructing a science-fiction future for our seafood that might actually work, while also reviving the natural majesty and abundance of the seas. Read this book---you will stand before the fish case at your local market or monger, and order you next restaurant dinner from the ocean, with vastly more knowledge and wisdom than you possessed before."---Trevor Corson, bestselling author of the Secret Life of Lobsters and the Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice

Our relationship with the ocean is undergoing a profound transformation. Just three decades ago nearly everything we ate from the sea was wild. Today rampant overfishing and an unprecedented biotech revolution have brought us to a point where wild and farmed fish occupy equal parts of a complex and confusing marketplace. We stand at the edge of a cataclysm; there is a distinct possibility that our children's children will never eat a wild fish that has swum freely in the sea.

In Four Fish, award-winning writer and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg takes us on culinary journey, exploring the history of the fish that dominate our menus---salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna---and investigating where each stands at this critical moment in time. He visits Norwegian megafarms that use genetic techniques once pioneered on sheep to grow millions of pounds of salmon a year. He travels to the ancestral river of the Yupik Eskimos to see the only Fair Trade-certified fishing company in the world. He makes clear how PCBs and mercury find their way into seafood; discovers how Mediterranean sea bass went global; challenges the author of Cod to taste the difference between a farmed and a wild cod; and almost
A seafood journalist who has written for National Geographic traces the history of bass, cod, salmon and tuna fishing while assessing the critical state of today's commercial fishing industry, citing the roles of over-fishing and fish farming while recommending specific protections. 50,000 first printing.
Number of Pages: 284.0
Genre: Technology, Social Science, Nature
Sub-Genre: Environmental Conservation + Protection, Fisheries + Aquaculture
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Author: Paul Greenberg
Language: English
Street Date: July 15, 2010
TCIN: 12289955
UPC: 9781594202568
Item Number (DPCI): 247-04-3307

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