Just when opting for omega-three-rich seafood is recognized as
one of the healthiest dietary choices a person can make, the news
seems to be full of stories about mercury-laden tuna, shrimp
contaminated with antibiotics and collapsing fish stocks. In a
world of endangered cod, pirate-caught Chilean sea bass and
sealice-infested salmon, can we really continue to order the catch
of the day in good conscience?
Bottomfeeder is a seafood lover's round-the-world quest
for a truly decent meal. From strip mall Red Lobsters to the rotary
sushi bars of Tokyo, Taras Grescoe travels to the end of the
seafood supply chain and back. He pulls up lobster traps in Nova
Scotia, grills three-star Michelin chefs in Manhattan and visits
British Columbia's salmon farms with a guerrilla ecologist.
Sampling poisonous pufferfish in Japan and live, drunken shrimp in
China, Grescoe discovers how out-of-control pollution, unregulated
fishing practices and global warming are affecting the fish that
end up on our plates.
Bottomfeeder is a balanced and practical guide to
eating-the first book, in fact, to provide readers with a clear
explanation of how to choose the best fish for our environment and