By Mark Kurlansky
A pleasant romp via heritage with all its fiscal forces laid naked, Cod is the biography of a unmarried species of fish, however it might besides be a global heritage with this humble fish as its habitual major personality. Cod, it seems, is the explanation Europeans set sail around the Atlantic, and it's the simply cause they can. What did the Vikings devour in icy Greenland and at the 5 expeditions to the USA recorded within the Icelandic sagas? Cod--frozen and dried within the frosty air, then damaged into items and eaten like hardtack. What used to be the staple of the medieval nutrition? Cod back, offered salted by means of the Basques, an enigmatic individuals with a mysterious, limitless provide of cod. As we make our method during the centuries of cod heritage, we additionally discover a scrumptious legacy of recipes, and the tragic tale of environmental failure, of depleted fishing shares the place as soon as their numbers have been te destiny of the universe. Here--for scientist and layperson alike, for thinker, science-fiction reader, biologist, and machine expert--is a startlingly entire and rational synthesis of disciplines, and a brand new, positive message approximately existence.
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