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Author G. Bruce Knecht chronicles how an obscure fish merchant in California "discovered" and renamed the fish, kicking off a worldwide craze for a fish no one had ever heard of and everyone had to have. With demand exploding, pirates were only too happy to satisfy our taste for Chilean Sea Bass. From the world's most treacherous waters to its most fabulous kitchens, Hooked is at once a thrilling tale and a revelatory popular history that will appeal to a diverse group of readers. Think The Hungry Ocean meets Kitchen Confidential.
Hooked is really two books: One, a fast-paced and action-packed, but also somewhat depressing account of the hunt for a pirate vessel poaching Patagonian toothfish; and two, a more somber, but equally engrossing account of how the Patagonian toothfish became the Chilean sea bass, and from there became nearly extinct. So, if you care whether the foods you eat are being sustainably harvested, or even if you just like a good maritime yarn, you can't do better than Hooked.
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Posted October 27, 2008
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