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Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin USA
Publication date July 1, 1998
Pages 294
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140275018
ISBN-10 0140275010
Dimensions 0.75 by 5 by 7.50 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
A witty romp through history uses the codfish as its main character, showing how cod became the reason Europeans set sail across the Atlantic, while also questioning how depleted codfish stocks might affect the world's future, given their impact on the past. Reprint. Tour. NYT.
Amazon.com description: Product Description:

An unexpected, energetic look at world history on sea and land from the bestselling author of Salt and The Basque History of the World

Cod
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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?

“Every once in a while a writer of particular skill takes a fresh, seemingly improbable idea and turns out a book of pure delight. Such is the case of Mark Kurlansky and the codfish.” –David McCullough, author of The Wright Brothers and 1776



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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780802713261
 
from Walker & Co (June 1, 1997)
9780802713261 | details & prices | 294 pages | 5.50 × 7.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $23.00
About: A history of the fish that has led to wars, stirred revolutions, sustained economies and diets, and helped in the settlement of North America features photographs, drawings, and recipes, as well as the natural history of this much sought after fish
Paperback
Book cover for 9780140275018
 
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Reprint edition from Penguin USA (July 1, 1998)
9780140275018 | details & prices | 294 pages | 5.00 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $16.00
About: A history of the fish that has led to wars, stirred revolutions, sustained economies and diets, and helped in the settlement of North America features photographs, drawings, and recipes, as well as the natural history of this much sought after fish
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781590072448
 
With Richard M. Davidson (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Phoenix Books Inc (May 1, 2006)
9781597770989 | details & prices | 6.00 × 5.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $35.95
With Richard M. Davidson (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from New Millenium Audio (June 1, 2002)
9781590072448 | details & prices | 5.00 × 5.75 × 2.00 in. | 0.76 lbs | List price $45.00
About: A loving eulogy not only to a fish, but to the people whose lives have been shaped by the habits of the fish, and whose way of life is now at an end.
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781590072455
 
With Richard M. Davidson (other contributor) | Abridged edition from New Millenium Audio (June 1, 2002)
9781590072455 | details & prices | 4.25 × 6.00 × 2.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $34.95
About: A loving eulogy not only to a fish, but to the people whose lives have been shaped by the habits of the fish, and whose way of life is now at an end.
With Richard M. Davidson | Unabridged edition from Recorded Books (July 1, 2001)
9780788788666 | details & prices | List price $58.00

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