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A culinary and cultural history of how the eel, once a staple of the world's diet, has become despised in America and a delicacy abroad. Outside of sushi houses and the rare four-star restaurant, most Americans would never think to eat eel, but throughout Europe and Asia you can find it grilled, smoked, stewed, jellied, skewered, fried, baked, sauted, and even cooked into an omelet. In Consider the Eel, acclaimed writer Richard Schweid takes the reader on a journey to show how this rich yet mild-tasting fish is a vibrant part of the world culture. Discover how eels, from their birth in the Sargasso Sea to their eventual end as a piece of kabayaki or as part of an Italian Christmas dinner, are one of our oldest and least understood gifts from the sea.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306813313
ISBN-10: 0306813319
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 13mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 18-Dec-2003
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Richard Schweid

Richard Schweid was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and now lives in Barcelona, Spain, where he is senior editor of the magazine Barcelona Metropolitan. His popular books include Catfish and the Delta: Confederate Fish Farming in the Mississippi Delta, Hot Peppers: The Story of Cajuns and Capsicum, and The Cockroach Papers: A Compendium of History and Lore.

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