Four Fish

Four Fish

The Future of the Last Wild Food

Book - 2010
Average Rating:
Rate this:
6
Penguin Putnam
Acclaimed author of American Catch and The Omega Princple and life-long fisherman, Paul Greenberg takes us on a journey, examining the four fish that dominate our menus: salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna.

Our relationship with the ocean is undergoing a profound transformation. Whereas just three decades ago nearly everything we ate from the sea was wild, rampant overfishing combined with an unprecedented bio-tech revolution has brought us to a point where wild and farmed fish occupy equal parts of a complex and confusing marketplace. We stand at the edge of a cataclysm; there is a distinct possibility that our children's children will never eat a wild fish that has swum freely in the sea.

In Four Fish, award-winning writer and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg takes us on a culinary journey, exploring the history of the fish that dominate our menus---salmon, sea bass, cod and tuna-and examining where each stands at this critical moment in time. He visits Norwegian mega farms that use genetic techniques once pioneered on sheep to grow millions of pounds of salmon a year. He travels to the ancestral river of the Yupik Eskimos to see the only Fair Trade certified fishing company in the world. He investigates the way PCBs and mercury find their way into seafood; discovers how Mediterranean sea bass went global; Challenges the author of Cod to taste the difference between a farmed and a wild cod; and almost sinks to the bottom of the South Pacific while searching for an alternative to endangered bluefin tuna.

Fish, Greenberg reveals, are the last truly wild food - for now. By examining the forces that get fish to our dinner tables, he shows how we can start to heal the oceans and fight for a world where healthy and sustainable seafood is the rule rather than the exception.

Baker & Taylor
Traces the history of bass, cod, salmon, and tuna fishing while assessing the critical state of today's commercial fishing industry, citing the roles of over-fishing and fish farming while recommending specific protections.

Not Applicable
Advance Praise for FOUR FISH

"A pleasing amalgam of memoir, travelogue, history, scientific inquiry, plea for reform, and even tasting menu. . . . Hugely informative, sincere and infectiously curious and enthusiastic." —Kirkus (starred review)

"[An] unusually entertaining and nuanced investigation into global fisheries." —Publishers Weekly

"Finally we have learned that food is best when produced on a small scale in accordance with the rhythms of our planet. Paul Greenberg's warm and witty Four Fish takes this concept to the ocean. Seafood deserves the same kind of respect and political awareness as food from the land. Maybe more." —Alice Waters

"Four Fish is not only the best analysis I've seen of the current state of both wild and farmed fish—it's a terrific read." —Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook Everything and Food Matters

"We are lucky to have the exceptional journalist and writer Paul Greenberg turn his attention to one of the greatest threats to our food supply, the depletion of the world's fisheries. By deftly drawing together the strands of a pressing global crisis, Greenberg will change the way you think about the fish you eat." —Amanda Hesser, New York Times food columnist and a founder of food52.com

"If you've ever ordered salmon, if you've ever slurped a bowl of chowder, if you've ever sat down for sushi, Paul Greenberg's friendly and thoughtful book will lure you in, surprise you, probably shock you, and certainly make you think. . . . Read this book." —Trevor Corson, bestselling author of The Secret Life of Lobsters and The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice

Blackwell Publishing
"Finally we have learned that food is best when produced on a small scale in accordance with the rhythms of our planet. Paul Greenberg's warm and witty Four Fish takes this concept to the ocean. Seafood deserves the same kind of respect and political awareness as food from the land. Maybe more."---Alice Waters

"Four Fish is not only the best analysis I've seen of the current state of both wild and farmed fish---it's a terrific read."---Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook Everything and Food Matters

"We are lucky to have the exceptional journalist and writer Paul Greenberg turn his attention to one of the greatest threats to our food supply, the depeletion of the world's fisheries. By deftly drawing together the strands of a pressing global crisis, Greenberg will change the way you think about the fish you eat." --- Amanda Hesser, New York Times food columnist and a founder of food52.com

"If you've ever ordered salmon, if you've ever slurped a bowl of chowder, if you've ever sat down for sushi, Paul Greenberg's friendly and thoughtful book will lure you in, surprise you, probably shock you, and certainly make you think. Revelatory and colorful, Four Fish provides a ringside seat for one of the biggest culinary events of the day: the unfolding human drama of constructing a science-fiction future for our seafood that might actually work, while also reviving the natural majesty and abundance of the seas. Read this book---you will stand before the fish case at your local market or monger, and order you next restaurant dinner from the ocean, with vastly more knowledge and wisdom than you possessed before."---Trevor Corson, bestselling author of the Secret Life of Lobsters and the Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice

Our relationship with the ocean is undergoing a profound transformation. Just three decades ago nearly everything we ate from the sea was wild. Today rampant overfishing and an unprecedented biotech revolution have brought us to a point where wild and farmed fish occupy equal parts of a complex and confusing marketplace. We stand at the edge of a cataclysm; there is a distinct possibility that our children's children will never eat a wild fish that has swum freely in the sea.

In Four Fish, award-winning writer and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg takes us on culinary journey, exploring the history of the fish that dominate our menus---salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna---and investigating where each stands at this critical moment in time. He visits Norwegian megafarms that use genetic techniques once pioneered on sheep to grow millions of pounds of salmon a year. He travels to the ancestral river of the Yupik Eskimos to see the only Fair Trade-certified fishing company in the world. He makes clear how PCBs and mercury find their way into seafood; discovers how Mediterranean sea bass went global; challenges the author of Cod to taste the difference between a farmed and a wild cod; and almost sinks to the bottom of the South Pacific while searching for an alternative to endangered bluefin tuna.

Fish, Greenberg reveals, are the last truly wild food---for now. By examining the forces that get fish to our dinner tables, he shows how we can start to heal the oceans and fight for a world where healthy and sustainable seafood is the rule rather than the exception.

Baker
& Taylor

A seafood journalist who has written for National Geographic traces the history of bass, cod, salmon and tuna fishing while assessing the critical state of today's commercial fishing industry, citing the roles of over-fishing and fish farming while recommending specific protections. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2010
ISBN: 9781594202568
1594202567
Branch Call Number: 333.956 GRE
Characteristics: 284 p. ; 24 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment
l
lukasevansherman
Dec 16, 2015

Basically, "The Omnivore's Dilemma," but with fish. It's not exactly that, but it's clearly benefiting from the momentum of the new food consciousness. Greenberg picks four key fish (salmon, tuna, bass, cod) and traces their history, our consumption of them and what might happen if we don't curb fishing. It's not as thoughtful, nuanced and provocative as Michael Pollan, but if you eat fish on a regular basis, you should probably read this. Makes a good double feature with that "Cod" book.

r
rsalvino1
Jul 04, 2013

Finally a book about nature in the modern world that offers some hope! Seriously. Yes, we're quickly turning most of our oceans into deserts, but the author chronicles a couple of cases where we shut down fisheries and the fish actually came back! And we're not talking about a symbolic species like the bald eagle. One of the success stories is about cod--an ugly, tasteless but economically important fish.

The author offers a credible path for sustainable management of many of our fisheries. Now we need a book that explains how we can overcome our tendency towards self-centered, scientifically illiterate behavior that allows us to destroy our natural world and our future. I will forever remember the anecdote of the elder whose response to the closure of a key fishery around his village was, "But not all of them are dead yet!"

p
pokano
Jun 22, 2013

An important book on the history and the future of four important fish: the salmon, the bass, the cod and the tuna.

z
zipread
Sep 01, 2011

Paul Greenberg has written a very readable book. Much but not all of the book is written in the first person narrative --- that makes the book more immediate and more involving. It’s sort of like a chat with the guy with the fishing pole in his hand. That’s one of the things that makes this book such a good catch to read. Greenberg’s “Four Fish”, Salmon, Tuna, Bass, and Cod (don’t they almost make your mouth water) are the stars of this book. And that’s the problem --- they do make your mouth water. They’ve been on our menus and on our plates so long and so often that all of them have been fished and fished to the point of extinction. What to do, what to do? Greenberg’s answer seems to be stop fishing and stop farming. But do the fishing right --- select the most appropriate fish for domestication. The four fish may not be the best fish for that domestication. Fortunately, they’re not the only fish in the sea (I couldn’t helps myself --- that one just swam in to the sentence).
Fish often reads like a detective novel. Why, for example, the sea bass should never have been chosen for domestication. All the pitfalls and hurdles the researches had to overcome before they could produce a fish capable of being raised in captivity. And then there are the bad practices --- pollution, disease. There’s the effect farming has on wild fish stock. And finally, the question: do we have the right, ultimately, to displace the wild stock of our rivers and oceans and to eventually convert these rivers and oceans into aquaculture pens?

m
MIKEHAYES75
May 16, 2011

Most informative, and really well-written. Information useful for those who buy and eat from the sea, or for those who care for the health of the oceans.

debwalker Dec 08, 2010

An argument for smart aquaculture.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at IndyPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top