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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: We are nation struggling with lifestyle diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, and Type 2 diabetes that could be avoided for many if we changed our diets, as you suggest. Do you see efforts in schools to get kids interested in the whole foods movement? Eating a whole fish might be a little off-putting to a child.
    • Jan 3 2013: Hi Jim,

      I think what we eat, and like to eat comes from habit and culture. In Norway, people eat herring for breakfast; here, people rarely touch it. If we make parts of the fish something children will enjoy and put them in dishes they like, then they will start to eat them. Children will reach for sugar and fats before a vegetable and fish, but if they get good habits when they are young, this will help with their lifestyle as they become adults.

      take care,

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