Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World

Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World

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By (author) Mark Kurlansky

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 24mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 6 May 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099268701
  • ISBN 13: 9780099268703
  • Sales rank: 15,829

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The Cod. Wars have been fought over it, revolutions have been triggered by it, national diets have been based on it, economies and livelihoods have depended on it. To the millions it has sustained, it has been a treasure more precious that gold. This book spans 1,000 years and four continents. From the Vikings to Clarence Birdseye, Mark Kurlansky introduces the explorers, merchants, writers, chefs and fisherman, whose lives have been interwoven with this prolific fish. He chronicles the cod wars of the 16th and 20th centuries. He blends in recipes and lore from the Middle Ages to the present. In a story that brings world history and human passions into captivating focus, he shows how the most profitable fish in history is today faced with extinction.

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Mark Kurlansky is the author of several bestselling non-fiction titles including Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World (winner of the Glenfiddich Best Food Book Award), The Basque History of the World, Salt: A World History, 1968: The Year that Rocked the World, a short story collection The White Man in the Tree and a novel, Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue.

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The Cod. Wars have been fought over it, revolutions have been triggered by it, national diets have been based on it, economies and livelihoods have depended on it. To the millions it has sustained, it has been a treasure more precious that gold. This book spans 1,000 years and four continents. From the Vikings to Clarence Birdseye, Mark Kurlansky introduces the explorers, merchants, writers, chefs and fisherman, whose lives have been interwoven with this prolific fish. He chronicles the cod wars of the 16th and 20th centuries. He blends in recipes and lore from the Middle Ages to the present. In a story that brings world history and human passions into captivating focus, he shows how the most profitable fish in history is today faced with extinction.

Editorial reviews

The next time you have fish and chips, spare a thought for the poor cod. This aquatic perennial had been a staple of the human diet for millennia before it first became popular to deep-fry it in batter with slices of potato in the 1830s. Places have been named after the cod and whole economies supported by it; it has ignited revolutions and wars have been fought in its name. By taking this unlikely hero and telling its story from all corners of the globe over many centuries, Kurlansky provides a highly entertaining narrative. (Kirkus UK)