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Book: Cod

Cod, Mark Kurlansky’s third work of nonfiction and winner of the 1999 James Beard Award, is the biography of a single species of fish, but it may as well be a world history with this humble fish as its recurring main character. Cod, it turns out, is the reason Europeans set sail across the Atlantic, and it is the only reason they could. What did the Vikings eat in icy Greenland and on the five expeditions to America recorded in the Icelandic sagas? Cod, frozen and dried in the frosty air, then broken into pieces and eaten like hardtack. What was the staple of the medieval diet? Cod again, sold salted by the Basques, an enigmatic people with a mysterious, unlimited supply of cod. As we make our way through the centuries of cod history, we also find a delicious legacy of recipes, and the tragic story of environmental failure, of depleted fishing stocks where once their numbers were legendary. In this lovely, thoughtful history, Mark Kurlansky ponders the question: Is the fish that changed the world forever changed by the world's folly?
posted by Homo neanderthalensis on Apr 1, 2019 - 2 comments

Fishing with John: Thailand with Dennis Hopper  Season 1, Ep 5

John Lurie and Dennis Hopper travel to Thailand in search of the deadly, hypnotic Giant Squid in this two part episode. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Oct 5, 2015 - 5 comments

Fishing with John: Maine with Willem Dafoe  Season 1, Ep 4

John Lurie and Willem Dafoe brave the elements to go ice fishing in Maine. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Oct 3, 2015 - 5 comments

Fishing with John: Costa Rica with Matt Dillon  Season 1, Ep 3

John Lurie and Matt Dillon try their hand at the mysterious, local fishing customs of Costa Rica. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Oct 2, 2015 - 2 comments

Fishing with John: Jamaica with Tom Waits  Season 1, Ep 2

John Lurie and Tom Waits take a fishing trip to Jamaica. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Oct 1, 2015 - 3 comments

Fishing with John: Montauk with Jim Jarmusch  Season 1, Ep 1

John Lurie and Jim Jarmusch drive to Montauk. New York to hunt man-eating sharks. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin on Sep 30, 2015 - 7 comments

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