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The Whole Fish: How Adventurous Eating of Seafood Can Make You Healthier, Sexier, and Help Save the Ocean [Kindle Edition]

Maria Finn
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Book Description

Seafood is one of the healthiest foods you can eat, but the choices we make when we enjoy it are not just sensory — they also play a part in a large and interconnected ecosystem that involves the whole earth's well-being. In "The Whole Fish," food writer Maria Finn takes us on a journey into the 'whole food' cooking movement, one that advocates eating the entire fish from gill to adipose fin. It's an approach that can not only improve your heath, happiness, and sex life, but also help save the complex ecosystem that supports the ocean. "The Whole Fish" includes seafood recipes from some of the best chefs in the business; get ready for fish head soup, broiled collars, brined eggs, relish from the fatty bellies, baked skins for “fish bacon,” dried bones for grinding into “salt." The new movement to eat and enjoy the distinct flavors of the whole animal — whether it lives on land or sea — is a satisfying and exciting way to add the spirit of adventure to life. At these intersections with nature, we cultivate passion and wonder. Preparing and eating a meal can be a form of gratitude and community, not just with our friends and families but with all life on earth. Through "The Whole Fish," we come to know life intimately, and we in turn nourish ourselves.

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  • File Size: 3188 KB
  • Print Length: 129 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009W4BOL4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,070 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gill to Adipose Fin -- yes please! January 3, 2013
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I love seafood but I've been shy to try more than simple filets in my own kitchen, preferring to leave the more adventurous and smelly stuff to the experts. But Maria Finn imbues the writing with a sense of adventure and urgency; by weaving the dual purpose of eating more sexily and healthily with sustainability -- she's got me hooked.

By the way, I love HER story too -- she's worked on commercial fishing ships in Alaska and now resides on a houseboat in Sausalito. The writing (she's kind of like a salty MFK Fisher) kept me hungry throughout and now I am determined to try to make my own "Salmon Salt" (from ground up bones!) and Sardines with grapefruit and mint.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and delicious November 19, 2012
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I enjoy reading about wilderness and food, so this book was a perfect fit for me. Finn's friendly prose makes you feel immediately at home along the salmon streams of Alaska. Her respect for land, its people, and its creatures comes through in every paragraph. Most modern people are far to disconnected from their food and where it comes from. This book helps us remember, and teaches us how to partake respectfully of the great bounty that nature can provide when it is cherished, protected, and well managed.
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I try to read most of the books that discuss the state of our world's "inexhaustible" wild fish stocks, so I got the ebook The Whole Fish. The focus is on wild versus farmed salmon, eating lower on the fish food chain, and the author's experiences working in Alaska on salmon and herring fishing boats. There are a number of recipes for salmon and "forage fish" paired with beverages, as well as a unique focus on parts of salmon that might otherwise go to waste.

Really, compared to other books on the subject, this one just wasn't that enlightening.
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More About the Author

I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri and when I finished college there, I moved to Homer, Alaska with the goal of earning lots of money so I could travel in Latin America. I earned very little money in Alaska, but fell in love with the raw beauty, the adventures, the storytelling and so went back season after season. First I worked on a small salmon seiner skippered by a woman, and then in remote fields camps where I monitored salmon swimming up rivers for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. I spent a winter in Guatemala developing a fishpond on an orphanage, one teaching English in Seville, Spain, and two hiking and climbing in Peru. I moved to New York City to attend the Creative Writing MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College. I lived in Brooklyn for over 10 years and taught in the English Departments at Hunter College/CUNY and St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. I moved to Sausalito, California in 2008 and live on a floating houseboat with a rooftop garden that includes a tango floor. This year I have two books being published. "Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home" (Algonquin) about recovering from heartbreak by learning to tango, and another one, "A Little Piece of Earth, How to Grow Your Own Food in Small Spaces" (Rizzoli) about edible gardening for foodies. I write a weekly newsletter/blog, City Dirt: City Dirt: The Bay Area Weekly Garden Newsletter for Foodies, Foragers, Tree-Huggers and Beauty Lovers. ( My author website is


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