Cod a biography of the fish

Many may think cod as nothing more than a fish that finds its way onto the plate, best served with potatoes and green peas or whatever vegetable one has on handbut there is a great deal more to t Continuing on my histories of odd things and non-fiction bingeI returned to another Mark Kurlansky piece that may leave some readers swimming in the other direction.

They did not know how to farm, either.

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Cod also fed the Union Army. Cod have not only been fished extensively and exclusively for thousands of years, but they are some of the most sought after fish for their versatile nature.

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Darwin's champion, T. But the species is stable only if each female, in her lifetime, produces at least two offspring that survive. The British Commonwealth ran likely a well-oiled machine, forcing colonial fishermen to send back their catches to be sold to others, without the full profits making back to the original source. An international agreement to extend sovereign waters led to many a clash between countries, only added proverbial blood to the water and turned ugly when the cod population shrunk. In the Darwinian spirit of the Victorian age, Kurlansky argues, T. They did not know how to farm, either. Kurlansky, for another stunning food-related biography. Many may think cod as nothing more than a fish that finds its way onto the plate, best served with potatoes and green peas or whatever vegetable one has on hand , but there is a great deal more to t Continuing on my histories of odd things and non-fiction binge , I returned to another Mark Kurlansky piece that may leave some readers swimming in the other direction. At the turn of the 19th century, the human perception of the abundance of cod dictated alterations within fishing practices. In , a prominent banker subjected cod-head ingestion to economic analysis based on a mathematical formula that factored in eating time and proclaimed the practice nutritionally inefficient. Cod have not only been fished extensively and exclusively for thousands of years, but they are some of the most sought after fish for their versatile nature. But it is not only the salted fillets that prove to be a delicious treat, but most every part of the fish. But medieval Basques were the top cod traders.

Cod represented livelihood, sustenance, and ritual. The Basques were able to capitalise on this for centuries, particularly because the were situated in a plentiful area. I am completely hooked and have a few more of your books to explore in the not too distant future. Eirik and his dad traveled to Iceland, "where they killed more people and were again expelled," too empathically challenged even for Vikings.

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Kurlansky has such a way with his storytelling that the reader finds themselves in the middle of the story before realising how much time has passed.

Rest assured, a non-fish eater though I am, I was astounded with all that came from this piece, and the impact cod has had on the world for over two thousand years.

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In an afterword he gives us years of cod recipes, such as Norwegian dried cod soaked in lye. They survived, says Kurlansky, because the Vikings had learned to "preserve codfish by hanging it in the frosty winter air until it lost four-fifths of its weight and became a durable woodlike plank. Rather, the colonists demanded the right to make money via the right to sell cod. In his comparison of Canada and Norway, Kurlansky intimates how past human errors can only aid current natural resource management decision-making. Many may think cod as nothing more than a fish that finds its way onto the plate, best served with potatoes and green peas or whatever vegetable one has on hand , but there is a great deal more to t Continuing on my histories of odd things and non-fiction binge , I returned to another Mark Kurlansky piece that may leave some readers swimming in the other direction. Kurlansky breathes life into the discussion and keeps the reader thinking, which can lead to talking and eventually acting on what they have come to learn. Nature is being reduced to precious demonstrations for entertainment and education, something far less natural than hunting. The British Commonwealth ran likely a well-oiled machine, forcing colonial fishermen to send back their catches to be sold to others, without the full profits making back to the original source. Also, the cod are gone because Englishmen crave fish and chips, and Basques want a codfish dish called bacalao a la Vizcaina and kids need cod-liver oil and New Englanders have always had a hankering for cod chowder, which Daniel Webster once orated upon in the U. From their livers tasting and whose oil is highly medicinal to their heads a delicious chowder, without eyes and even their skin perfect for making bags and satchels , cod is one of the most versatile fish on the market. Cod fed Caribbean plantation slaves. I found myself relating events in early chapters on cod fishing to later discussions of wars between the governments of the UK and Iceland, fitting the two topics together seamlessly. This led to a shortage of fish and a moratorium on fishing.

Kurlansky returns throughout the piece to discuss the importance of cod fishing to Newfoundland CanadaNew England Americaand much of the country of Iceland. Darwin's champion, T.

Kurlansky contributes to this history by interweaving the human rationality behind every new change in technology. In an afterword he gives us years of cod recipes, such as Norwegian dried cod soaked in lye.

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