Not very majestic, but oh so important. Cod have not only been fished extensively and exclusively for thousands of years, but they are some of the most sought after fish for their versatile nature. I was occasionally amused by this book, but mostly because of present day connections. Then came the steam engine and frozen food, changing the face of a dory-and-schooner fishing practice that hadn't seen a makeover in eons. Now former cod fishermen, victims of their own proficiency, forlornly hope for the fish's return. But a lot had slipped from my memory, and I now wonder if I actually read it, or had enough conversations about it to think I had.
The British, who had been fishing for cod well offshore since Roman times, did not run across Basque fishermen even in the fourteenth century, when British fishermen began venturing up to Icelandic waters. Kinda made Cod look like God. Synopsis Of all the rattlesnakes in the Western Hemisphere, the timber rattlesnake has evoked the widest, most controversial constituency. Cod was not only a form of food on which to sup, for some it was a way of life. From the Trade Paperback edition. And more cod could be sold there. The bloodthirsty band pushed on to Greenland.
Yeah, late to the party yet again. Entertaining and inspiring, this book will be a touchstone for a new generation of bakers and a must-read for anyone who wants to take a deeper look at this deceptively ordinary, exceptionally delicious staple: handmade bread. On a lighter side I enjoyed the recipes that frequent the end of An enjoyable read. But in the last analysis, it's a bitter ecological fable for our time. The cod has been through it all, and we have had the audacity to try and gobble every last one. A trawler can move in and clean out the area. Also, I had no idea that the cod trade was so heavily implicated in the slave trade, nor in the American War of Independence.
In preclassical times, Egyptians and Romans had salted fish and developed a thriving trade. This fellowship organized town by town and spread throughout northern Europe, including London. Before they turned to cod, the Basques had sometimes salted whale meat; salt whale was found to be good with peas, and the most prized part of the whale, the tongue, was also often salted. Gorton's is still in Gloucester, the largest plant with the biggest sign, but the company hasn't bought a fish from a Gloucester fisherman in years. Cod's prolific reproductive rates were seen for hundreds of years as a guarantee that the species would never be negatively impacted by human activity.
Such is the case of Mark Kurlansky and the codfish. The Hanseatics monopolized the Baltic herring trade and in the fifteenth century attempted to do the same with dried cod. For example, in the cod's history the only thing of importance that happened during the two 20th century world wars was that they were left alone, and fish stocks recovered. Since birth I spent many days in Harwich Port on Cape Cod with my grandparents. Their catch in numbers and size had been declining for years. Without you probably knowing it, cod has been one of the most important parts of our diets over the last thousand years.
A great read on a great subject! And who is to blame for the dearth of cod? Part I ends with a presentation of several hostilities between nations erupting over access to, or control of, cod fishing grounds. This Basque folktale shows not only the Basque attachment to their orphan language, indecipherable to the rest of the world, but also their tie to the Atlantic cod, Gadus morhua, a fish that has never been found in Basque or even Spanish waters. Gadus morhua, or cod, has been an important commercial fish for about six hundred years. Cod, it turns out, is the reason Europeans set sail across the Atlantic, and it is the only reason they could. Kurlansky explores how overfishing by other countries has helped to deplete the stock of cod, thereby adversely affecting the lives of huge portions of the populace. In 1480, Jay sent his first ship in search of this island, which he hoped would offer a new fishing base for cod. Of course, cod was and is not the only important fish species, but the book does not delve into related fisheries markets in any great detail.
But they did find enough cod so that in 1490, when the Hanseatic League offered to negotiate to reopen the Iceland trade, Croft and Jay simply weren't interested anymore. We traveled from cod's humble origins to the multi-million dollar startups that so successfully destroyed their population. The resistance to the obvious decline of the cod by vested interests may have parallels in the resistance to changing our use of fossil fuels by the coal industry, as an example. It definitely make me worried about over-fishing and has made me reconsider my fish-eating unless I can be assured that the fish I ate were either farmed or fished in sustainable conditions-- I think a difficult task! Cabot reasoned correctly that the British Crown and the Bristol merchants would be willing to finance a search for a northern spice route. Additionally, we are tenacious in the face of change and adaptive when change is inevitable.
I enjoyed this lively little book about the history of cod. Once dried or salted--or both--and then properly restored through soaking, this fish presents a flaky flesh that to many tastes, even in the modern age of refrigeration, is far superior to the bland white meat of fresh cod. In total, meat was forbidden for almost half the days of the year, and those lean days eventually became salt cod days. In the tenth century, Thorwald and his wayward son, Eirik the Red, having been thrown out of Norway for murder, traveled to Iceland, where they killed more people and were again expelled. Nature, the ultimate pragmatist, doggedly searches for something that works. Kurlansky returns throughout the piece to discuss the importance of cod fishing to Newfoundland Canada , New England America , and much of the country of Iceland. As I do not eat fish it is very unlikely I will ever try them but reading them is an added view of the historical time in which they were written and for most of the book I quite enjoyed them.
I enjoyed it much more than 'Salt' by the sa I was completely taken by this book. How the Fisherman who don't want to give up fishing as a profession, because they love it refuse to realize and or accept this. The author explains how a cod run could determine an entire regional economy and how salt cod figured in slave trading. Ironically, nearly every chapter there was a recipe for cod. Cod gives us a glimpse into the fish that continues to impact our lives in North America, Europe, Britain, Iceland, and many other lands. What started as simple fishing boats has ballooned into enormous trawlers that were capable of draining the see of a once limitless population.