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Cod: A Biography Of The Fish That Changed The World

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

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    A great read. Great fish preparation recipies, too.

    I am old enough to remember my Norwegian immigrand grandparents, talk about codfish like was indeed, delivered to the virtuous directly from the hand of God. I recall seeing these fish, longer than my fathers' arm, displayed on crushed ice in the markets of Reykjavik in the early 70's. I also recall how upsetting it was to hear that the Canadians had place a ban on fishing cod on the Grand Banks in 1992, due to the threat of potential collapse of the cod biomass in the Atlantic. This is a quick and breezy ode to the North Atlantic species venerated by most of the world's population. Sprinkled with WONDERFUL recipies, it should appeal to those interested in cooking great simple food like grandma made, and enviornmentalists concerned with the failures of bad regulatory policy. The writing is engaging. Even if you are not thrilled with the prospect of a cod fish dinner, everyone interested on continuing to live here on earth should to try to understand how humans need to mitigate the past the destruction of all of earth's bounty. My husband is an often "commercial" fisherman. My stepson is trying to earn a living in the same profession, and watching the government attempts at stewardship of American territorial waters is like watching a Shakespearian tragedy from the stage wings. Even if you know the outcome of the story, you still weep. I'd like to know that one day, my great granchildren will be able to enjoy a fine cod fish dinner on Christmas Eve.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Fascinating Read.!!! Absolutely wonderful book about this Historic and Significant FISH. Would sincerely recommend this as a very interesting account of a fishery we all have taken for granted.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

    Nothing Fishy Here

    Who knew what an impact one species of fish could have on the history of the world? But impact it, cod certainly has. From England to Iceland to Newfoundland, Spain, the US and Scandinavia, cod figured prominently over the several hundred years.

    What could have been a very dry read was made quite compelling by Kurlansky. He included the politics, the biology, the economics and the environmental impact while always remembering the humanity that depends on the sea for their livelihood.

    Kurlansky also nicely ties in the topic of another of his books, "Salt". Seems that cod could not have become such a staple around the world without it.

    A short, but information packed book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2015

    Maria

    She woke to burn on her wrists. "Wha-!," was all she could make through the gag tied around her neck. Straining against the tight ropes, she realizes she was na<_>ked...A call put for help was transformed to a strange grunting sound. Her chest, and limbs were in pain, skin burning at the friction. Her mind races, and it hit her in the face. Hard. She was up for se<_>x.

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    Posted February 6, 2015

    Jackie

    She freezes at his touch, as chills run across her body, and moves her eyes to look at him. She tries to scream something again but it is very muffled an she begins struggling again.

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    Posted February 6, 2015

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2015

    To Zach/Cody

    I know you said preferably females, but will you accept a guy?

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    Posted February 6, 2015

    Anna

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    Posted February 5, 2015

    Lilly

    K )) Lilly looked around wildly scared as hell. She struggled agenstert her ties face wet. As she tried to remov the bands on her feet and wrists their plastic cutting into her skin. She growled stupidly as she left befire gettin taken to leave her pocket knife at home. She growled eyes and cheeks wet. As she lookedup every few seconds hoping cody wont try to contain her again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2015

    Zach

    Begins to rap.e you hard

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2015

    Cody

    Everyone put you bios and bondae preferences in result two thx and no i dont do guys cuz im not gay sorry)) He walks over to Jackie and looks down at her th an evil glint in his eye. He reaches down and starts caressing her legs.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Very Interesting Read - Highly Recommended

    This book may seem to be focused on the significance of cod in history but it goes much beyond that to encompass a broader, richly detailed history of humanity with cod at its central focus. In a way the book isn't a narrative just about cod, but of the contributions that have been made possible in large part due to cod. Highly recommended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Fascinating

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    Posted March 31, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    Cod

    Cod

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    Read this book for an anthropology class and it is wonderful. I

    Read this book for an anthropology class and it is wonderful. It ties together a variety of cultures and their use of cod and gives it a historical perspective. Very interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Highly recommend

    Very interesting book - full of surprising historical detail. The story of cod might seem a little bland - but the book grabs the reader from thie first pages. Thought provoking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Great read!!!!!

    It was an excellent book, and i loved it. The last 30 pages are just recipies though.

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  • Posted July 30, 2011

    Cod

    This was the most boring book i have ever read. I dont see why anyone would write a book on how cod changed the world. If you want to write a book on how something changed the world pick something that actualy did!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2011

    Great read

    A very good look at the way humans can affect an ecosystem that was once thought to be inexhaustable.

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