Start free Blinkist trial Upgrade to Premium Read or listen now Synopsis Cod charts the rise and fall of the codfish. A major commodity in the European market during the discovery of the New World, cod went on to cause national conflicts and, due to overfishing, eventually became vulnerable to extinction. Find out how this fish changed the world only to end up on the verge of oblivion. You probably like your fish prepared in a certain way, be it fried, steamed or grilled. But when it comes to cod, many countries, especially those in southern Europe, are traditionalists.
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Tell others about this book Lorem About Milk! Before the industrial revolution, it was common for families to keep dairy cows and produce their own milk. But during the nineteenth century mass production and urbanization made milk safety a leading issue of the day, with milk-borne illnesses a common cause of death. Pasteurization slowly became a legislative matter.
And today milk is a test case in the most pressing issues in food politics, from industrial farming and animal rights to GMOs, the locavore movement, and advocates for raw milk, who controversially reject pasteurization. Profoundly intertwined with human civilization, milk has a compelling and a surprisingly global story to tell, and historian Mark Kurlansky is the perfect person to tell it.
A 10,Year Food Fracas is a feat of investigation, compilation and organization. Here he examines our relationship to milk since the domestication of animals more than 10, years ago. That relationship shifted with the Industrial Revolution, which meant out with the family cow and in with pasteurization and, eventually, food fights over industrial farming, animal rights, and GMOs. Pour a glass and get out the cookies before reading.
Chock-full of fascinating details. Will appeal to both foodies and readers of world history. Every chapter of Milk! Never would I have thought that so elementary a liquid food had such an intriguing history, one that includes science, politics, economics, and gourmandize. A great read on a great subject! He now turns his attention to the mother of all subjects--milk--which he sees as the most argued-over food of the past 10, years.
In this entertaining and constantly surprising book, he chronicles debates and disputes over milk breast or bottle, pasteurized or homogenized, genetically modified or raw and even finds that fierce disagreements over wet nurses involved not whether to use one, but whether brunettes or blondes were better.
As Kurlansky shows throughout Milk! What Milk! Such is the case of Mark Kurlansky and the codfish. Everybody can learn, and everybody will eat.
When you think of animals that helped change the world, you may think of farm animals or even microorganisms. But what about fish? In his book, Mark Kurlansky shows how one fish did just that. Mundane History Chances are when you think of history, you think of great people or great ideas.
Author Mark Kurlansky on the Surprising Histories of Salt, Cod and Milk
Shelves: audiobook Continuing on my histories of odd things and non-fiction binge , I returned to another Mark Kurlansky piece that may leave some readers swimming in the other direction. Kurlansky presents the cod and its importance in world history, which was surely as entertaining and educational as it was unique. Many may think cod as nothing more than a fish that finds its way onto the plate, best served with potatoes and green peas or whatever vegetable one has on hand , but there is a great deal more to Continuing on my histories of odd things and non-fiction binge , I returned to another Mark Kurlansky piece that may leave some readers swimming in the other direction. Many may think cod as nothing more than a fish that finds its way onto the plate, best served with potatoes and green peas or whatever vegetable one has on hand , but there is a great deal more to this creature of the water.