The Philosopher Fish: Sturgeon, Caviar, and the Geography of Desire

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Counterpoint LLC, 2006 - Cooking - 333 pages
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Since the days of the Persian empire, caviar has trumpeted status, wealth, prestige, and sex appeal. Today it goes for up to one hundred dollars an ounce, and aficionados will go to extraordinary lengths to get their fill of it. According to acclaimed writer Richard Adams Carey, that's just the problem. In this spectacular jaunt, Carey immerses himself in the world of sturgeon, the fish that lays these golden eggs. What he finds is disturbing. Sturgeon population worldwide have declined 70 percent in the last twenty years, most drastically in the Caspian Sea. The beluga sturgeon, producer of the most coveted caviar, has climbed to number four on the World Wildlife Fund's most-endangered species list. Armed with a novelist's eye for human eccentricity and an investigator's nose for trouble Carey takes us on an illuminating journey across the globe to uncover, the secrets of the sturgeon. On that trek we meet the fascinating real-life characters both profiting from its scarcity and fighting to save it. A high-stakes cocktail of business, diplomacy, technology, and espionage, "The Philosopher Fish is, at its heart, the epic story of a 250-million year-old fish struggling to survive.

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Review: The Philosopher Fish: Sturgeon, Caviar, and the Geography of Desire

User Review  - Paris Pierce - Goodreads

An easy read and very interesting. About 60% of the way through the book, I wanted more and felt like it wasn't delivering. Even the end didn't help. I learned a lot and would recommend it, but I felt it could have been stronger. Read full review

Review: The Philosopher Fish: Sturgeon, Caviar, and the Geography of Desire

User Review  - Mitchell B. - Goodreads

The Philosopher Fish by Richards Adams Carey is a great book about the elusive Sturgeon Fish. This book is written about the wanting of the famous caviar eggs produced by the Sturgeon fish and how ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Richard Adams Carey was born in Connecticut and educated at Harvard College. After his graduation, in 1973, he went to work in a northwestern sawmill, and he has since divided his time between Alaska and New England.

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