Birdseye : The Adventures of a Curious Man

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Break out the TV dinners! From the author who gave us" Cod," "Salt," and other informative bestsellers, the first biography of Clarence Birdseye, the eccentric genius inventor whose fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 147.32 x 208.28 x 27.94mm | 453.59g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Doubleday & Co Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0385527055
  • 9780385527057
  • 701,673

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Praise for "Birdseye" "The first book-length biography of Clarence Birdseye.... [An] intriguing book that...coaxes readers to re-examine everyday miracles like frozen food, and to imagine where places with no indigenous produce would be without them."--Janet Maslin, "New York Times" "There's a particular pleasure in being reminded that the most ordinary things can still be full of magic. Frogs may turn into princes. Lumps of dirt can hide sparkling gems. And having just read Mark Kurlansky's new biography of Clarence Birdseye, I now see the humble fish fillet in a whole new light. For as Kurlansky tells it, when Clarence Birdseye figured out how to pack and freeze haddock...he essentially changed the way we produce, preserve and distribute food forever."--NPR's "The Salt" "Piecing together the first book-length biography of Birdseye was not easy. It's not just the episodic quality of Birdseye's life but the sparse and spotty nature of the surviving information about him. And there are many myths that surround his life, some perpetuated by the man himself.... [Yet] Kurlansky has pieced together a lively and readable biography about one of America's most unusual innovators."--Andrew F. Smith, "Newsday " "Best known for his deliciously knowledgeable food histories ("Cod," "Salt," "The Big Oyster"), Kurlansky['s]...wide-ranging curiosity matches his subject's, and his narrative of Birdseye's life displays great feeling for a fellow adventurer.... [R]eaders will emerge from this breezy book with a fondness for its engagingly eccentric protagonist--and a much better understanding of the intricate interconnection of traditional practices, technical breakthroughs, business deals, and social change that put those frozen peas in our refrigerators."--Wendy Smith, "Daily Beast " "Kurlansky brings Birdseye to life.... Covering the science behind Birdseye's... inventions along with intimate details of his family life, [he] skshow more

About Mark Kurlansky

MARK KURLANSKY is the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including The Food of a Younger Land, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, Salt: A World History, 1968: The Year That Rocked the World, and The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell. He lives in New York more

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