Mark Kurlansky (December 7, ) is an American journalist and writer of general interest non-fiction. He has written a number of books of fiction and non- fiction. His book, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World ( ). Kurlansky reveals how cod fishing territories were the heart of British and French negotiations following the Seven Years’ War. France “held its. From the New York Times best-selling author of Cod and Salt, a definitive history of Once a week in the Kurlansky home, Mark spins a globe and wherever his.

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Review of ‘Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World’

I am the first to admit that I do not like fish, though I was drawn to this cos and could not find a way to step back. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Emile Zola, inwrote of “salt cod, spreading itself before the drab, hefty shop keepers, making them dream of departure, of travel. Kurlansky’s book is a labor of love interspersed with anecdotes and recipes kurlandky make me yearn for some good chowder or dried cod or How “Dancing in the Street” became an anthem for a changing America.

Extra meat or grain might be traded for other kinds of consumables or for handicrafts or luxury items of one sort or another. The recipes reveal a time when man was intertwined, as oppose to a part from, the natural processes. Or, you might say, the not so humble codfish, for in days of yore it apparently stretched across the sea like some composite Leviathan.

kirlansky The further Kurlansky builds his argument, however, the recipes become shards of evidence of an unimaginable time when cod was, indeed, abundant. In Norway, the politicians were able to severely limit the catch and change the industry when the fish were still commercially viable. What could seem like an obscure topic for a history book turned out to be an entertaining and very informative narrrative about a species of fish that has sparked war, kurlajsky international political discourse, impacted diverse cultures, markets, and the environment.

It is well written, easy to read and thoroughly enjoyable. Cod is an informative book but I do think that at times Kurlansky may be stretching to make his point of the “Fish that changed the world.


Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World

Kurlansky explores the start of fishing cod kurlansoy how the fleets fishing them evolved over time. The Pilgrims, it turns out, planned to thrive by catching cod in Cape Cod Bay, although they knew so little about fishing that they neglected to bring along much tackle. In a Dutch fisherman caught a cod with a set of dentures in its belly. Seals are our competitors for fish. International Night is brimming with recipes for fifty-two special meals–appetizers, a main course, side 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 kurrlansky.

Read it Forward Read it first. For the past two millennia, the ability to produce it in ever more efficient ways has supported the proliferation of literacy, media, religion, education, commerce, and art; it has formed the foundation of civilizations, promoting revolutions and restoring stability. Truly Kurlansky has done an kurlansmy job with this book.

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.

By the yearthe Basques had greatly expanded the cod markets to a truly international trade that reached far from the cod’s northern habitat. Narratives of struggling fishermen and successful businessmen are woven into this fact filled book.

Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky

Adventurer and inventor Clarence Birdseye had a fascination with food preservation that led him to develop and patent the Birdseye freezing process and start the company that still bears his name today. I know about the arguments of which European actually discovered the New World, and I also know about the fishing wars between the British and the Spanish, but to see it from the angle of the fish, so-to-speak, is really refreshing.

I found the history fascinating beginning with the Vikings in in the Mediterranean world where salted meats kurlandky in the hot, humid climates. His book Cod: They are like combat veterans who feel only understood by their comrades who have survived the same battles. The director of that country’s national library countered with a treatise on cod-head-eating’s social values, such as the ancient Icelandic belief that it increases kurlansmy.


After seven years covering the Caribbean for the Chicago Tribune, this is a study of kurlanskt Caribbean, its history, culture, and society.

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This biography is well written and, based on the bibliography, well researched. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. This is essentially a story about the lives of fishermen and merchants, governments and religions touched by one common thread. Woodland could have been Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, or Maine, all three of which are wooded.

Mar 01, Ana rated it really liked it Shelves: Kurlansky is another John McPhee, supplying all sorts of interesting details. If he is a ferocious predator, that too is part of evolution.

Humans Reached the Roof of the World 40, Years. But the species is stable only if each female, in her lifetime, produces at least two offspring that survive. So long as newer fishing techniques yielded bigger catches it did not seem that the stocks were being depleted.

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View all 12 comments. Kurlnsky 20 years ago, it is a bit dated at the start and end but the middle bits on the history is full of fun facts and easy to read. And so we scorn the codfish While the humble hen we prize Which only goes to show you That it pays to advertise. Cod, frozen and dried in the frosty air, then broken into pieces and eaten like hardtack. Kurlansky explores how overfishing by other countries has helped to deplete the stock of cod, thereby adversely affecting the lives of huge portions of the populace.

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