Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food - Paul Greenberg

Paul Greenberg’s love of fish began at an early age and is deeply intertwined with a love of the outdoors; for him, an avid fisherman, fish are wild fish. Yet with fisheries worldwide collapsing from overharvesting, fish farming has emerged as a sustainable alternative. But is it? And are the Four Fish (Penguin, $16) that currently dominate the seafood market—salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna—the best prospects for aquaculture?  Greenberg considers the overarching question of sustainability by examining each of these fish in turn; his enthusiastic and illuminating profiles include a survey of the role each species has played in human history, its own (often amazing) natural attributes, and its viability as a farmed species. Salmon, for instance, are capable of swimming prodigious distances. Is a wild salmon, with its fully developed muscles, really the same as a farmed salmon, bred in a cage with little room to move? Luckily, Greenberg knows there are more than just these four fish in the sea, and his introductions of previously overlook species such as barramundi, Vietnamese tra, African tilapia, and Hawaiian kahala are fascinating and offer real hope for the future.

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ISBN: 9780143119463
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Published: Penguin Books - May 31st, 2011

Deep Blue Home: An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean - Julia Whitty

Entranced by the sea since childhood, Julia Whitty became a marine biologist, working in the field and making documentary films. But her passion for all facets of oceanography transcends any single project or focus. This fascinating, beautifully evocative memoir of Whitty’s long relationship with the ocean is a heartfelt paean to an ecosystem she truly believes is the Deep Blue Home (Mariner, $14.95) of all earthly life. Starting in 1980 on tiny Isla Rasa, a crucial breeding ground for gulls, terns, and storm petrels, moving to Newfoundland later in the decade and returning to Baja California in 2001, this chronicle covers a wide range of topics, from seabirds, the history of whaling (and the surprising roles whales play in the ocean), overfished cod, the long lives of sea turtles (up to 200 years), the even longer lives of some amphibians (a quahog clam is pushing 400), the recent discovery of thriving ecosystems around vents in the ocean floor, and the heavy toll human activities have taken on the sea. For all we know about the ocean, there’s still much that we don’t know.

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ISBN: 9780547520339
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 14th, 2011

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen - Christopher McDougall

The Tarahumara Indians in Mexico’s hostile and remote Copper Canyon have a legendary ability to run for days on end. While regaling us with their story, Christopher McDougall introduces nutritionists, personal trainers, barefoot racers, and anthropologists who describe how homo sapiens were Born To Run (Vintage, $15.95). Ultimately, ultrarunners invite Tarahumara to the Colorado Rockies to compete in the Leadville Trail 100 Mile, and then return to Mexico to race on the Tarahumara’s home turf. McDougall’s wide-ranging documentation and the exuberance of the men and women he encounters will fascinate even those who have never hit the trails.

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ISBN: 9780307279187
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Published: Vintage - March 29th, 2011

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ISBN: 9780307266309
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Published: Knopf - May 5th, 2009

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