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Fish: The Complete Fish and Seafood Companion [Hardcover]

Mitch Tonks
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16 Mar 2009
Fish is currently the rockstar ingredient - prized for its healthy benefits - but there is still a lot of fear surrounding its preparation and cooking. Mitch Tonks' book breaks down that barrier by being a modern, approachable and comprehensive guide to buying, preparing and cooking fish and seafood.Global in outlook, a species-by-species breakdown will detail how to buy fish, where it is in season (including the different names fish are given globally to aid sourcing), how to prepare it and offer a selection of delicious recipe ideas.There is also a section on fish logistics, so readers understand what is good to buy frozen and how this fits the global resource message. With fishing methods and the issue of depleted stocks in sharp focus, Mitch also explains the paramount importance of eating fish in season.With reportage photography documenting Mitch's daily life on the docks of Brixham fishing port and peppered with stories and anecdotes from fishing communities, this book is a delight to read as well as an essential manual. Packed with over 100 delicious recipes and stunning food photography, it will tempt fish lovers the world over.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books; Reprint edition (16 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862058334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862058330
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.3 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...Anybody with an interest in fish will find this book invaluable. And with its beautiful food photographs and scenic shots, it may be one for the coffee table too'. --BBC GOOD FOOD Magazine, April 2009 Issue

'Undoubtedly one of the most important books of the year, this fish bible boast fab photography, advice on seasonality and sustainability, as well as masterful recipes'. --Women & Home Magazine, April 2009 issue

'If there's a fishy fact that Mitch Tonks doesn't know, it's probably not worth knowing. This impressive book...includes a species guide, sections on seasonality and sustainability, and plenty of simple recipes. --Waitrose Food Illustrated, April 2009 issue

About the Author

Mitchell Tonks is the founder of the restaurant and fishmonger chain FishWorks. The are 12 shops and restaurants in London and around the UK, 3 cookery schools, 3 books, a range in the supermarkets and Mitch is currently working with Youngs as a consultant. He has also appeared on Saturday Kitchen and the BBC's BAFTA nominated Get Cooking broadband initiative. He contributes regularly to magazines including Delicious and Fresh and regularly demonstrates at major food shows around the UK. Mitch lives with his family in Brixham overlooking the fishing port and market. His previous titles are: The Seafood Cafe Cookbook (shortlisted for Andre Simon Award), Fresh - Great Simple Seafood (winner World Gourmand award) and The Aga Seafood Cookbook.

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Seafood is exciting because it's healthy, tastes fantastic and is simple to cook - it is today's star ingredient, and there's nothing nicer than sitting down to a freshly cooked piece of local fish. Read the first page
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fishtastic! 3 May 2009
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What a great book.

I love it. It is laid out in fish types, which makes it easy to find recipes for fish bought at my local fishmongers. The recipes are relaively simple. Certainly he does not over complicate recipes, so lets the fish be the star of the dish - perfect. It has helped me to broaden the different types of fish I eat.

There is also a lot of information on fishing and the fishing industry as well as sustainability.

A great recipe book as well as a great book on fish.

The pictures also help me to identify, what I have bought at the fishmongers, as they don't label things!

I'd recomend this anyone who loves fish but does not always know how to cook it and for anyone wanting more contemporary ways of cooking fish, that aren't overly fussy or overly complicated to do.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover successful restaurateur, which goes way beyond just recipes.

And the opening page gives an indication that Fish: The Complete Fish and Seafood Companion to give it its full title, is far more, as Mitch Tonks recalls fishy childhood memories alongside the photo of:-
'the skinny me holding a rod and a lovely mackerel'.

He goes on to say:
..........'Fish and fishing is a complicated subject - even more so today because we have realized that it is a finite resource.
It's not just the tricky bones, the cooking times or wondering if something is fresh that puts people off.
It is understanding about the all-important issue of sustainability.
But this shouldn't deter the modern cook, as there's good news out there ....and this book to help....

So, why another book about cooking fish?
Mitch goes on to successfully address this very question.

..............'You may be thinking 'why another fish book?'...........

I've taken a different approach with this book and have majored on the most widely eaten species.
I wanted to add to the magic of enjoying a piece of fish by:

* giving you some knowledge about where and how it was caught
* the particular environmental issues associated with the species
* a defined taste description for each fish
* the seasonality of each fish as well as their international names

...and if you have ever wondered just how much fish you get per kilo when you buy it, and how many calories, how much fat and that all-precious omega-3 are actually in each fish, I've included that too....'

And all that is just from the two-page intro.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely complete 24 May 2009
Just as the title says this is the complete fish and Seafood Companion. Mitch Tonks brims over with enthusiasm for his subject from the first page. The book is divided into sections covering different types of fish and seafood. Each section gives detailed information about species and sustainability which is easy reading at all times. The recipes are a delight - straightforward for the most part, and I find that I have been trying varieties that I would have been unsure of before with great success.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely fish book 9 Sep 2011
By rasdhoo
This is a very useful book but not just for the recipes.
There is interesting and helpful info about the types of fish enabling substitution if you can't get the one in your chosen recipe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As usual I received this book for free in exchange for a review. This time it was from NetGalley. Also as usual I give my scrupulously honest opinions below.

The structure of the book is fairly binary. The first 40 pages out of the 200 center on the general bits you would want to know about fish. How to buy it, how to know it's fresh, how to make sure it's sustainably harvested, etc. It also includes a few interviews with key movers in the fishing industry in Europe. The other 160 pages contain a species by species "fishopedia" of how various species taste, where they're found, any local names for them, environmental issues they may be facing, what season they should be bought in and specific cooking instructions.

All things considered the book is a treasure trove of intimate fishy cookery details. The only down side I see as a user is that I'm not sure I can even get most of this fish in the state required to execute these recipes. Your mileage will vary wildly with since I live in a land-locked state in the U.S. that tends to prefer all-beef patties over a more piscatorial bill of fare. To help you determine if you can get the fish described in a shoppe near you, I give you below a complete list of the various fishes described in this book. If you can buy them where you are, then buy the book because it really is a treasure.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Overall very well presented with excellent photographs.
Published 25 days ago by david a kerr
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but less than expected
I bought this book with the isdea it would help identify fish by pictures with a name but found it was more basic types of fishes with specific recipes While the recipes are... Read more
Published 16 months ago by beltane
5.0 out of 5 stars A great success.
I bought this book for my 83 year old Dad as he buys fish every week. He was thrilled with it, especially as it tells you when is the best time to buy each fish and has several... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs R L Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
Even if you are not from England, even if you haven't heard of Mitch Tonks before...all fish lovers should have this book as a reference. Read more
Published 17 months ago by ginauj
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is the best fish cookery book that I have on my shelf. Great recipes and easy to follow instructions.
Published 19 months ago by Beth
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so complete
I thought it would explain more on how to fillet fish as it talked about catching etc before cooking but instead it only said how to cook it.
Published 20 months ago by Jeannette P.
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit & miss
The recipes can be a bit hit & miss, they look very good but a lot of them don't really work as well as they should.
Published 22 months ago by H
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on fish
Bought it mainly to learn how to cook great seafood. Good plain instructions, great pictures just a great book really :)
Published on 26 Oct 2011 by Mrs. E. B. Ellington
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Fish Recipes!
Excellent book from Tonks....clear and concise......well presented.....Great fish recipes and lots of information about individual fish species.... Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2011 by polardance
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive book on FISH!
Borrowed this book from a friend & will for sure purchase it & add to my collection.. it gives you a very good insight into the popular everyday fish & shellfish, giving you... Read more
Published on 18 April 2011 by Matt_Knott9
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