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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, I'm curious if you've seen Dan Barber's TED Talk on a better method of farming fish, and if so, what your thoughts are on the future of farmed vs. wild fish? http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_barber_how_i_fell_in_love_with_a_fish.html
    • Jan 3 2013: Hi Aja,

      I did see that wonderful TED Talk by Dan Barber. I think it's an exciting new frontier. Right now salmon farms are unsustainable. They pollute the surrounding waters and use wild fish from the ocean to feed them. I wrote about a project in Nova Scotia about integrated aquaculture, which is similar to the Dan Barber talk. In the way that permaculture farming uses diversity, aquafarms can do this as well. There are some great projects underway. One example is McFarland Trout in Northern California that uses vegetarian fish feed and the waste from the fish is used to fertilize pastures. As well, it's powered by the local stream. So not all are bad, just some,(mostly tuna and salmon) and in particular the huge industrial fish farms.


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