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Rachel Lehmann-Haupt

Senior Editor, TED Books, TED Books


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Live Q&A at 3:00PM Eastern: Why do the choices we make about the seafood we eat play a part in a complex and interconnected ecosystem?

In her new TED Book, The Whole Fish, author and food writer Maria Finn will discuss her recent 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."

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/The-Whole-Fish-Adventurous-ebook/dp/B009W4BOL4
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-whole-fish/id573208529?mt=11

And here's an article about the book in The San Francisco Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/books/article/Maria-Finn-dedicated-to-using-The-Whole-Fish-4067417.php

Author Maria Finn will be joining us here for a one-hour Q&A Thursday, January 3rd, from 3:00-4:00pm. Mark your calendars!


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    Jan 3 2013: Hey Maria! So, my New Year's resolution (which I made in public, foolishly) was to try not to eat fish at all, inspired by Sylvia Earle. But I am really struggling, both because fish is really delicious and because it's such a healthy food.
    My question for you is: Have you ever felt that same urge, just to abandon fish altogether?
    • Jan 3 2013: Hi Emily,

      Why would you do that? Just eat sustainable fish. Sardines are plentiful and considered Very Sustainable by Seafood Watch. (My favorite are Wild Planet--a great company). Also, wild Pacific salmon is sustainable. There are some wonderful tilapia farms in the United States where the fish help fertilize crops. As well, oyster farms are good for the environment. You can also join a Community Supported Fishery and help support our small fishing boats who are trying to fish responsibly. So eat seafood, just make conscious choices.

      Thanks for the question,


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