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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (January 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556437692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556437694
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 4.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,197,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"For any seafood lover who desires to get closer to food while doing the right thing, this book is a gem."
—Trevor Corson, author of the best-selling The Story of Sushi

"At 110 pages, this book is a more in-depth look at 39 species found on sushi menus. Trenor includes information on such crucial issues as mercury levels, dredging, and crowded fish farms. The species are color-coded so that you can tell from just a glance whether it’s sustainable, unsustainable, or one that you should proceed with caution about. It’s a must-read for any sushi aficionado."
—FoodGal.com

"So, for those of you who love sushi as much I do, but don’t know which fish are safe or sustainable to eat, Sustainable Sushi proves to be quite a handy guide. I’ll definitely be taking it with me the next time I dine out for sushi, it’s a keeper!"
The Alternative Consumer

"Sustainable Sushi formats an ocean’s worth of information into a manageable handbook, and diners who carry it will hold the power to order wisely, enjoy a guilt-free meal, and help assure that sushi is not just a short-lived pleasure of the present, but a sustainable industry of the future."
Santa Barbara Independent

"[Casson Trenor] is a sustainability expert who offers clear insights perfect for seafood enthusiasts."
The Midwest Book Review

“[Trenor’s] Sustainable Sushi is full of hard fishery facts and undeniable science...but Trenor wisely knows that it’s not just the facts that will change minds. Gorgeous illustrations of each fish and clear photos of exquisite sushi dishes will surely convince readers that seafood like the relatively abundant Northwestern geoduck is as tasty as and more sustainable than the scarce Caribbean conch. Most of us want to do the right thing, but few are willing to sacrifice gustatory pleasure doing it. Sustainable Sushi shows that it is possible to eat right—and well.”
Edible Los Angeles

"This is an interesting read for anyone concerned with sustainability and seafood. Trenor’s passion for the topic is evident in the vast amount of research he presents."
Metropolis Magazine

“[Casson Trenor] describes 39 types of fish commonly found in sushi bars and ranks them as ‘sustainable’ (eat up), ‘use cation’ (limit your consumption), or ‘unsustainable’ (avoid).… Trenor’s advice? Ask questions and stick to your principles. A sushi chef should learn that customers care. Sustainable Sushi was designed to fit into a purse or pocket, so you can easily bring it to a restaurant.”
California Coast & Ocean Magazine

“Do you know the difference between trolling, purse seine and long line fishing? Have you ever wondered where your delicious maguro sashimi come from and how it has been caught?...This little but informative—and surprisingly entertaining—guide does a wonderful job in debunking these myths and in providing an unforgiving view on the state of our oceans.”
Valentina’s Room

“[Sustainable Sushi is] an educational book written from a very positive point of view…The author created a guide that will make every sushi lover knowledgeable about sustainable sources of fish, mercury levels, fishing practices and much, much more.”
Eco-Libris

“Sustainable Sushi tells the story behind the fish on the sushi menu and offers clear guidelines for what to order so you can continue to enjoy your shiromaguro (as long as it’s troll-caught from Pacific waters) and other fish.”
The Nourish Network

About the Author

From saving the whales of the Antarctic to studying the salmon of Alaska, Casson Trenor has worked to support stewardship of our marine resources in all five oceans and countless seas. Named both a Time magazine Environmental Hero and an Ocean Protection Hero by Save Our Shores, Trenor has extensive experience and expertise. He has stalked the fetid warehouses of Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo, spent two months journeying by ship along the Antarctic coast, berthed on leaking wrecks off Central Pacific islands, and gone octopus fishing with holy men on the Island of Yap. In thousands of conversations with fishermen around the world, he has heard one statement repeated: "The fish are gone." In his recent book The Whale Warriors, author Peter Heller, a contributing editor to National Geographic Adventure and Outside magazines, captures Trenor's dedication to ocean conservation through his efforts to end illegal whaling. Trenor is a main character in Heller's factual account of the exploits of one small, rusty ship determined to take on the entire Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean in 2005 and 2006. Born in Seattle and living in San Francisco, Trenor speaks five languages, has traveled to over forty countries, and holds an MA in International Environmental Policy from the prestigious Monterey Institute of International Studies.


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This would be a great gift for any sushi or seafood lover!
Soi
I was looking forward to getting this book because I have always thought that the buying guides from the aquarium where really useful, but wanted to know more.
David Dobrowski
Plus gorgeous pictures paired with all of the information you need.
L. A. Viggiano

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Lampert on February 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
This guide is a great gift if you want to share information about how to choose sushi based on environmental concerns. There are a couple things I wish were better conveyed, however. The author focuses on environment as his main concern, but neglects the issues associated with PCB and heavy metal contamination by a large degree. Contamination is mentioned, but is not covered in as much depth, and the labeling for contaminated fish is much less thorough.
In addition, the color scale system is not always consistent, and there are entries that are labeled with none of the assigned "red, yellow, or green" headings.
Other than these points, the book does its best to try to explain the differences that sourcing and species can have on environmental impact in the fish industry. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Tomb on January 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
"Sustainable Sushi" is an incredible resource for anyone who cares about the health of our oceans--and loves sushi! From its beautiful presentation (the paintings of the fish and the photos of the sushi are truly fantastic) to its wealth of information on the health of global fish stocks (as well as health tips for the humans that consume them), this publication is both pleasurable and practical, and is a huge contribution to the ecologically conscious consumer.

My only complaint is that it didn't come out a month earlier as it would have been an excellent holiday gift for my lvoed ones. Oh well, only 343 shopping days until Christmas!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J D Springtime on January 15, 2009
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This is THE book I've been waiting for! I love sushi, but I've been aware for a long time that many of the fish served at my favorite sushi spots are in trouble. It can be overwhelming these days to try to make an ethical, healthy choice when eating seafood. This is the kind of guide we all need. Written by a sustainability expert who knows fish and who is a sushi lover himself. It doesn't even make you feel guilty! It's a beautiful book that's small enough to fit in your purse or pocket. Now I can eat my favorite food and do it right! Thank you, Mr. Trenor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Dobrowski on January 15, 2009
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I was looking forward to getting this book because I have always thought that the buying guides from the aquarium where really useful, but wanted to know more. Why is this on this list? So I thought this book would do that for me. I was wonderfully surprised by just how beautiful the book was as well when I got it. There are great drawings and photos that "bring to life" all that it talks about. I think this is a must have for anyone who likes sushi and also cares about the environment, which I would hope would be everyone who likes sushi.
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I just bought this book for all of my friends who have been avoiding the sushi bar out of guilt! Finally, a resource for how to eat fish responsibly. This book goes far beyond the "stay away from bluefin and farmed salmon" rules and recommends delicious alternatives to my favorite nigiri selections. Arctic char instead of farmed salmon. Albacore tuna belly instead of bluefin. Plus gorgeous pictures paired with all of the information you need. Yum!
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How can a desire for eating a dish stay in touch with the health of oceans in general? This pocket guide covers dozens of the most common fish and shellfish one might encounter at a sushi bar, survey how these fish are caught, safety, and how they are in today's fishery crisis world. The author is a sustainability expert who offers clear insights perfect for seafood enthusiasts.
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