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Cod A Biography of the Fish that Changed the WorldThe Biography of the Fish PDFEPUBcodfish Wars have been fought Biography of Kindle #209 over it revolutions have been spurred by it national diets have been based on it economies and livelihoods have depended Cod A ePUB #199 on it and the settlement of North America was driven by it To the millions it has sustained it has been a treasure precious than gold Indeed A Biography of MOBI #242 the codfish has played a fascinating and crucial role in world historyCod spans a thousand years and four continents From the Vikings who pursued the codfi. 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 presents the cod and its importance in world history which was surely as entertaining and educational as it was uniue Many may think cod as nothing 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 to this creature of the water Politics and industry play such key and intertwined roles in its discovery and ongoing exploration exploitation that the reader will surely come away with a thorough understanding of the complexity of the fish Kurlansky offers up a few interesting insights to piue the reader’s interest if nothing 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 yearsCod 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 Well before refrigeration became an option fishermen discovered the ability to salt them which not only added a flavour but also a distinct ruggedness Allowing the fish to last that much longer it could be transported sold and stored for longer periods thereby making it highly profitable on the world market Throughout his piece Kurlansky shows just how desired salted cod became in all corners of the world But it is not only the salted fillets that prove to be a delicious treat but most every part of the fish 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 Kurlansky discusses at one point that there is even a use for the bones particularly amongst the ever thinking Icelandic population Cod as food is likely the easiest way the reader will consider this fish but there is so much to the discussionCod was not only a form of food on which to sup for some it was a way of life Kurlansky explores the life of a fisherman and how entire communities would rely on the bountiful cod catches that came from off the coast Kurlansky returns throughout the piece to discuss the importance of cod fishing to Newfoundland Canada New England America and much of the country of Iceland Entire livelihoods were based on enough cod coming off the boats to be sold on the open market There are many parts of the world where cod is not plentiful but it is sought after as a staple in the diet 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 This has at least in the Canadian example forced multi generational fishing families to turn to financial assistance for subsistence their pride decimated Politics abound when it comes to fishing and those who pull cod from the water are affected like no other Kurlansky does provide a captivating and chilling narrative about the politics of cod fishing One would be remiss to simply accept that cod are a food for anything that can be sold will surely have a price tag and a profit Kurlansky explores how centuries ago explorers would find their way in the open waters to take advantage of this new discovery hoping to sell it and provide a large profit margin The Basues were able to capitalise on this for centuries particularly because the were situated in a plentiful area 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 In time other countries were able to build large boats to join the ‘game’ entering the fray and taking what they could handle However cod are not as fertile as one might think nor able to replenish as uickly as they are captured This led to a shortage of fish and a moratorium on fishing 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 Countries went to fish war over cod and sanctions ensued particularly a battle between Iceland and the UK in the 1970s No one was safe and entire communities as discussed above suffered the most This is likely some of the most disturbing parts of the narrative as it pulls in the seal hunt and the economic livelihood of thousands of families and is only another example of how large corporations destroyed the little man for their own greedI am the first to admit that I do not like fish though I was drawn to this piece and could not find a way to step back 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 Full of anecdotes and personal asides Kurlansky personalises the topic than many historians can do for actual human subjects Who would have thought that cod could be such a complex food while also being such a binding agent for small communities Kurlansky does offer a great deal of information that the reader must digest but it is all poignant and ties together throughout the narrative 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 With the added bonus of numerous recipes pulled from over many centuries Kurlansky ties the discussion together and permits the reader to explore the culinary side of the topic a less confrontational aspect of cod fishing While there is no doubt that cod will long be a divisive topic when it comes to mass fishing uotas between countries it is also the lifeblood for many people which is easily forgotten especially by a man on the landlocked Canadian Prairies 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 learnKudos Mr Kurlansky for another stunning food related biography I am completely hooked and have a few of your books to explore in the not too distant future While I may not be rushing out to have cod head chowder you did get me thinking about an industry about which I know so littleLovehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge

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Stronomic detail blending in recipes and lore from the Middle Ages to the presentAnd he brings to life the cod itself its personality habits extended family and ultimately the tragedy of how the most profitable fish in history is today faced with extinctionFrom fishing ports in New England and Newfoundland to coastal skiffs schooners and factory ships across the Atlantic from Iceland and Scandinavia to the coasts of England Brazil and West Africa Mark Kurlansky tells a story that brings world history and human passions into captivating focu. While one would think a book entirely devoted to codfish would enervate if not actually annoy in fact this work is a fascinating examination of the human tendency to greed as played out on a global scale This is easily eual in uality and complexity to my mind with a novel by Dostoevsky for instance It follows the trail of guilt and rapacity from early times to today's sad inadeuate harvest and is witty in to the bargain A great read

Summary Cod A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

Cod A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World Free read à 2 Ê ❃ [EPUB] ✻ Cod A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World By Mark Kurlansky ➜ – The codfish Wars have been fought over it revolutions have been spurred by it national diets have been based on it economiesSh across A Biography of the Fish PDFEPUB or the Atlantic and the enigmatic Basues who first commercialized it in medieval times to Bartholomew Gosnold who named Cape Cod in and Clarence Birdseye who founded an industry on frozen cod in the s Mark Kurlansky introduces the explorers merchants writers chefs and of course the fishermen whose lives have interwoven with this prolific fish He chronicles the fifteenth century politics of the Hanseatic League and the cod wars of the sixteenth and twentieth centuries He embellishes his story with ga. There is no way you could ever get me to eat cod despite my partial Norwegian background where they eat a variety of disgusting fish dishes the most famous being lutefisk a kind of rotten spoiled gelatinous mess But I loved this book Kurlansky is another John McPhee supplying all sorts of interesting details Turns out cod has been extremely important to civilization and almost as essential as bread It was easy to fish and preserve and probably made discovery of North America by the Vikings possible Fascinating