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Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood [Hardcover]

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Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.21" Width: 6.06" Height: 1.18"
Weight:   1.37 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 29, 2008
Publisher   Bloomsbury USA
ISBN  1596912251  
EAN  9781596912250  

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A tour of the seafood industry reports on the author's discoveries about the consequences of pollution, unregulated fishing, and climate change, in an account that also identifies which fish varieties are the healthiest for the body and the environment.

Publishers Description
An eye-opening look at aquaculture that does for seafood what Fast Food Nation did for beef.

Dividing his sensibilities between Epicureanism and ethics, Taras Grescoe set out on a nine-month, worldwide search for a delicious—and humane—plate of seafood. What he discovered shocked him. From North American Red Lobsters to fish farms and research centers in China, Bottomfeeder takes readers on an illuminating tour through the $55-billion-dollar-a-year seafood industry. Grescoe examines how out-of-control pollution, unregulated fishing practices, and climate change affect what ends up on our plate. More than a screed against a multibillion-dollar industry, however, this is also a balanced and practical guide to eating, as Grescoe explains to readers which fish are best for our environment, our seas, and our bodies.

At once entertaining and illuminating, Bottomfeeder is a thoroughly enjoyable look at the world's cuisines and an examination of the fishing and farming practices we too easily take for granted.

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More About Taras Grescoe

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! TARAS GRESCOE is the author of four books, including the bestselling Bottomfeeder, which won the Writers' Trust Nonfiction Prize, the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction and the International Association of Culinary Professionals Literary Food Writing Award, and was a finalist for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Two of his other titles, Sacr? Blues and The End of Elsewhere, were Writers' Trust Award finalists. He lives in Montreal. Visit him online at or on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter @grescoe.

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30 messed up pages  Sep 23, 2008
I ordered this book in April but didn't get around to reading it until now. I found the book interesting and absorbing if a bit depressing, but I got to page 56 and the next page after that was a repeat of page 25 from earlier in the book, and this duplication of pages from the previous chapter went on like this for 30 pages and skipped ahead to page 89.

I'm rather annoyed that I've missed out on 30 pages of the book, and I can't return it since it's been more than 30 days since I purchased it.
wake up and smell the ocean  Sep 6, 2008
an amazingly insightful and well written book that covers all angles without bias. an indispensible read for every serious living being. you will be delighted and mortifed by the events which take place in this in this fast paced incredible journey into the depths of what seems to be the undeniable self destruction of one of our most precious resources. those with week stomachs beware. i am not easy make queasy but this book which is part monster movie and part homers odyssey had me cringing a lot. a must must read. it will change your life.
I can't believe I enjoyed a non-fiction book!  Aug 3, 2008
Science hurts my head. In college I couldn't make it through a semester of biology. The textbook was incomprehensible and the teacher's carefully prepared PowerPoint slides wasted. It was all just gibberish. Science, especially life sciences, was definitely not for me.
(Science was somewhat redeemed the following year in my astronomy and geology classes. Still tedious and boring, but at least I `got' it. Whereas I'm still unable to remember basic parts of cells or DNA. Ribosomegolgibodynebulei what?)

But I try to be a good little environmentally-friendly girl and recycle, bring fabric bags to the grocery store, buy vegetables at farmer markets and patronize local businesses rather than big box corporations. (this site remains my huge weakness and exception to that rule.) Bottomfeeder was impulsively requested because of the catch phrases "eat ethically" and "vanishing seafood." I love to eat fish, but I never really cared about where it came from. There's plenty of fish in the sea, right? This book has completely revolutionized my thoughts.

A combination o travel writing and scientific research, Taras Grescoe hunts down local seafood delicacies from around the world (Bouillabaisse in Marseilles, bluefin tuna sashimi in Japan) and traces the fish's journey from the ocean to the dinner table. In addition to mouth-watering descriptions of exotic dishes, he has written a condemning exposé of the world's destructive over-fishing. By decimating the ocean floor with massive bottom-trawlers and wastefully throwing hundreds of tons of bycatch (fish caught in giant nets with fishermen's intended prey but are too small or the wrong species to sell) the fishing industry is on a collision course with disaster.

But Grescoe isn't all bad news. In each chapter he focuses on a certain species and shares the best way to get it with minimal negative impact. If there is no good solution to be found he suggests tasty alternatives. He also highlights possible suggestions and experimental attempts to bring fish populations back to sustainable levels. His message is dire; if the industry doesn't change we're looking at a future of not sushi and salmon steaks but "peanut-butter-and-jellyfish" sandwiches. (When a natural ecosystem is upset due to key species removal or pollution, algae and jellyfish are often the only creatures left.) But it is not without hope. Take the time to read this book; with seafood consumption on the rise and TV shows like "Deadliest Catch" gaining popularity Bottomfeeder contains information that all consumers must know.
This messed with my appetite  Jul 30, 2008
While I was reading Bottomfeeder, I was sometimes craving fish (sardines, especially!) and sometimes thinking I never wanted to eat another fish (farmed salmon) or shrimp again.

Bottomfeeder is a real eye-opener about where our seafood comes from and how its future is in jeopardy. Ever wonder how Red Lobster gets sooooo many shrimp to feed soooo many people all over the country? And ever wonder why those shriimp all exactly (pretty much) the same size?

Surely you've heard that salmon is plentiful because there are salmon farms. Want to learn how gross those farms are? Read this book.

Luckily, as a seafood lover, Grescoe writes about sustainable fish populations and does give very good, clear direction about what sorts of fish -- what species, and how and where they are fished or produced -- one can eat without feeling like one is contributing to the eventual demise of species, and isn't harming one's health with too much mercury, antibiotics or other nasty chemicals.

I loved reading about Grescoe's adventures in eating seafood around the world. Descriptions of sardines made my mouth water, descriptions of pufferfish made me recoil. This is an adventure in eating good food, and an education in how (as the subtitle says) to eat ethically in a world of vanishing seafood. I hope everyone who eats a lot of seafood will read it.
How to be responsible stewards of the ocean  Jul 18, 2008
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guide has been tucked into my wallet for a couple of years now, but even with its straightforward green, yellow, red categories, I've found myself staring at restaurant menus in bafflement. How can salmon fall into all three categories and how do I know which one I'm ordering???

Grescoe's book has thinned the fog surrounding the world of seafood. In interesting and easy to read chapters, the book explores the oceans from the bottom of the food chain all the way to the top, and provides a well-rounded explanation of the issues facing the seafood industry and the environment.

Though I had anticipated a doomsday narrative that would shatter my love of seafood, instead it has left me feeling empowered to ask the right questions and make better choices.

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