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Cod

A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World
Kurlansky, Mark (eBook - 2009)
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Cod spans a thousand years and four continents. From the Vikings, who pursued the codfish across the Atlantic, and the enigmatic Basques, who first commercialized it in medieval times, to Bartholomew Gosnold, who named Cape Cod in 1602, and Clarence Birdseye, who founded an industry on frozen cod in the 1930s, 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 gastronomic detail, blending in recipes and lore from the Middle Ages to the present. And 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 extinction. From 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 focus. The codfish. Wars have been fought over it, revolutions have been spurred by it, national diets have been based on it, economies and livelihoods have depended on it, and the settlement of North America was driven by it. To the millions it has sustained, it has been a treasure more precious than gold. Indeed, the codfish has played a fascinating and crucial role in world history.
Authors: Kurlansky, Mark
Statement of Responsibility: Mark Kurlansky
Title: Cod
a biography of the fish that changed the world
[electronic resource]
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2009
Notes: Title from eBook information screen
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: ch. 1. Race to Codlandia
ch. 2. With mouth wide open
ch. 3. Cod rush
ch. 4. 1620: the rock and the cod
ch. 5. Certain inalienable rights
ch. 6. Cod war heard 'round the world
ch. 7. Few new ideas versus nine million eggs
ch. 8. Last two ideas
ch. 9. Iceland discovers the finite universe
ch. 10. Three wars to close the open sea
ch. 11. Requiem for the Grand Banks
ch. 12. Dangerous waters of nature's resilience
ch. 13. Bracing for the Spanish Armada
ch. 14. Bracing for the Canadian Armada
Cook's tale: six centuries of cod recipes
Summary: Cod spans a thousand years and four continents. From the Vikings, who pursued the codfish across the Atlantic, and the enigmatic Basques, who first commercialized it in medieval times, to Bartholomew Gosnold, who named Cape Cod in 1602, and Clarence Birdseye, who founded an industry on frozen cod in the 1930s, 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 gastronomic detail, blending in recipes and lore from the Middle Ages to the present. And 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 extinction. From 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 focus. The codfish. Wars have been fought over it, revolutions have been spurred by it, national diets have been based on it, economies and livelihoods have depended on it, and the settlement of North America was driven by it. To the millions it has sustained, it has been a treasure more precious than gold. Indeed, the codfish has played a fascinating and crucial role in world history.
System Details: Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 1958 KB) or Mobipocket Reader (file size: 1362 KB)
Subject Headings: Cod fisheries History Cooking (Codfish)
Genre/Form: Electronic books
Topical Term: Cod fisheries
Cooking (Codfish)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781440672873
1440672873
9781440670992
1440670994
Branch Call Number: eNYPL Book
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Oct 06, 2011
  • NewtonFallsReads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great read from a favorite author. I never new one little fish could have such an impact on world history and politics.

Aug 28, 2010
  • Gardengallivant rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The history of cod fishing and the story of greed, ignorance and technology that reduced the fish to near extinction in 500 years.
This book offers the personal view of the fishing industry, even offering the fishers' personal recipes, as well as the larger historical context that placed the modern fishers in their tenuous situation today.

Jun 18, 2010
  • kimmeld rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very good book. Anyone who thinks that history is boring should read this book and see how interesting well-told history can be.

The book is what it purports to be, namely a history of the codfish from early times up to the era of commercial fishing and near-extinction.

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