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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: Overfishing is my greatest fear. Our oceans will die without the life they support. E. O. Wilson, Jonathan Safron Foer, Bjorn Lomberg, Michael Pollan, and Thomas L. Friedman have been instrumental in shaping my opinion of the way we consume. I wonder how drastically even eating an entire fish will reduce the amount of bycatch and overfished areas of ocean. Do you think it will make that big of a difference?
    • Jan 3 2013: Hi Jordan,

      Honestly, I don't know. I feel like we are coming up with small solutions for enormous problems. Overfishing is one of them and so we can avoid species that are overfished--Chilean Sea Bass and many types of tuna come to mind. And we can support the small fishing boats and try to outlaw large factory trawlers. The shark finning industry kills 8 million sharks a DAY. Shark fin soup is on menus in San Francisco. As well, we have ocean acidification as a very real problem that will threaten our estuaries and oysters. And there's rampant habitat destruction going on around the world. But I think we are starting to learn about the consequences of our behavior and that there will be real consequences for all of us, so hopefully we can change our habits--eating, transportation, farming, waste, all of it, and help turn things around.

      take care,

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