• by Mark Kurlansky
  • Narrated by Richard M. Davidson
  • 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The innocuous cod has been the subject of international wars, national diets, economies, livelihoods, and health in general. Mark Kurlansky approaches the cod with his love of food and food culture, and leaps into history, folklore, and even recipes dating to the fourteenth century and forward. This famous fish spurred interest in the development of North America, and caused a whole nation of people to jump into fishing and ocean exploration. Including word origins, this audiobook also contains recipes and uses for all kinds of cod.


What the Critics Say

"Every once in a while a writer of particular skills takes a fresh, seemingly improbable idea and turns out a book of pure delight...No one who reads this charming tale will ever think the same of either the fish or the history." (David McCullough, author of John Adams) "History filtered through the gills of the fish trade." (The New York Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Who would have thought?!

When I first heard about this book I was intrigued, as I trusted the opinion of the referee I invested the required 9 hours.

I'm pleased to say it was not wasted. A very well researched book which explores a diverse group of world changing events using the cod as the indispensable link between them.

Well read by the narrator which made it all the more pleasurable.
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- Nathan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-06-2002
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books