Bottomfeeder: How the Fish on Our Plates is Killing Our Planet

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Macmillan, 2008 - Fish as food - 389 pages

There’s simply no limit to the sins people will commit for a tasty meal. The Japanese are notorious for their trade in bluefin tuna, served up to diners at almost illegal prices, while newlyweds in Bangkok, Shanghai and Singapore devour a gelatinous soup made from poached abalone and fins hacked from living sharks. But surely there’s no need for you to feel bad about ordering sea bass in a London restaurant? Unless, of course, you consider that you may well be enjoying one of the very last members of the species. And that’s before you contemplate the chemicals being pumped into the farmed prawns and salmon that now fill supermarket shelves.

In Bottomfeeder, we follow Taras Grescoe on a year-long, round-the-world trip, as he eats his way from the top to the bottom of the food chain with one purpose in mind: to find out whether he can continue to eat such delicacies in good conscience. As well as painting a vivid and often hilarious picture of the fascinating people Taras encounters, Bottomfeeder explores the impact we are having on sea life by overfishing and draws our attention to some of the ethical choices we can make. At a time when many of the fish we take for granted are on the verge of extinction, we need to face the fact that very soon jellyfish sandwiches may be all that is left for us to eat.

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LOVE THIS BOOK!! seriously. it's fantastic. it should be required reading for everyone. here's the thing - i don't eat fish or other seafood. ever. i have an anaphylactic allergy to shellfish and ... Read full review

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Searing indictment of the seafood industry. Well-written, informative but not without hope. There are also fascinating descriptions of strange and wonderful foods the author has eaten- including the ... Read full review


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Taras Grescoe is a prize-winning journalist, whose articles have appeared in The Times, the New York Times, the Independent and National Geographic Traveller. He is the author of The End of Elsewhere: Travels Among the Tourists, Sacré Blues: An Unsentimental Journey Through Quebec and The Devil’s Picnic: A Tour of Everything the Governments of the World Don’t Want You to Try. He lives in Montreal.

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