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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: Maria - So interesting that you saw a trend burgeoning years ago in Alaska that is now hot in the food culture....tell us a little bit about how this kind of eating helps the environment, specifically what you call the "sea web"?
    • Jan 3 2013: Hi Rachel,

      The "sea web' refers to the interconnectness of everything. Today I just read that the company Unilever that makes facial cleanser uses microbeads made of plastic. These go down your drain and into our ocean. So from how we fertilize our lawns to the products we use on our face, not to mention the carbon monoxide released into the air, all impacts the ocean and the fish we eat. So we can no longer think that everything is separate or disconnected. Using "The Whole Fish" is actually a metaphor for our ecosystems that are inter-related.


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