Writers: Mark Kurlansky

  • Heidi Polk

    A whale of a tale (concerning oysters)...

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    I picked up this book randomly, while in search of Kurlansky's book Salt...and, when the latter proved elusive, decided to stay with this option, to get a feel for Kurlansky's style and see what he had to say about oysters and New York City... What a great read! Kurlansky examines the genesis and development of New York City in relation to the once-plentiful oyster beds that filled New York Harbor...he also defines the many types of oyster in existence, those that may have helped to feed early New Yorkers and what has been done to the oyster populations in the Atlantic due to outside factors such as pollution and over-harvesting... Chock-full of interesting facts and insights, yet this book is never dull as Kurlansky employs that rare gift of being thoroughly enamored of his subject and making his reader care about it as well... Really, really good...

  • Heidi Polk

    As usual, Kurlansky's work is informative and very interesting...

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    Though slimmer than _Salt_ or _The Big Oyster_ (two of Kurlansky's later works), _Cod_ is still an enjoyable exploration of the fish and its place in history. Since Kurlansky himself had a career within the commercial fishing industry, the book does focus to a great extent on the North Atlantic cod and within the circumstances that contemporary fishermen find themselves, with respect to the commercial market and the ongoing, international and political tug-of-wars. But it is not solely a treatise on current events, as Kurlansky meticulously explores the impact of cod on various nations, from the Vikings and Basques to the 'Cod Wars' that took place between the Dutch and English from the 1960s-1980s. More interesting than I anticipated and I did find some good 'random trivia' facts (i.e. places that end with 'wich' were based on settlements with saltworks) as well as old recipes revolving around cod (some from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries); ultimately, however, I ...Though slimmer than _Salt_ or _The Big Oyster_ (two of Kurlansky's later works), _Cod_ is still an enjoyable exploration of the fish and its place in history. Since Kurlansky himself had a career within the commercial fishing industry, the book does focus to a great extent on the North Atlantic cod and within the circumstances that contemporary fishermen find themselves, with respect to the commercial market and the ongoing, international and political tug-of-wars. But it is not solely a treatise on current events, as Kurlansky meticulously explores the impact of cod on various nations, from the Vikings and Basques to the 'Cod Wars' that took place between the Dutch and English from the 1960s-1980s. More interesting than I anticipated and I did find some good 'random trivia' facts (i.e. places that end with 'wich' were based on settlements with saltworks) as well as old recipes revolving around cod (some from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries); ultimately, however, I feel it very much stands as an initial work by a writer whose talents are much more clearly visible in later books - would probably recommend only to those with enormous interest in cod or commercial fishing in the North Atlantic, or to those determined to read all of Kurlansky's books (like me, lol)... (more)

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