This beautiful and informative coffee table book is not exactly a cookbook, except for a few recipes. Rather, Seaver has written a history of Americans’ relationship, both past and present, to the sea and food from the sea. He touches on the history of fishermen and of the fishing industry, the ecology of seafood and our sometimes problematic habits thereunto, and advice about how to approach all of the 500 kids of fish to best appreciate their unique culinary attributes. Northwest chauvinists will note that the mighty salmon gets 22 pages, more even than tuna! Seaver’s previous titles include For Cod and Country (2011), and Two If By Sea (2016), and are worth further reading, but this book stands out even in comparison for its immaculate design and thorough presentation of this important aspect of American life.
Reviewed by Erik Carter, Adult Services Librarian
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