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North Atlantic Seafood Paperback – 1 Feb 2003


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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Prospect Books (1 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903018226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903018224
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 3.2 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,225,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Davidson was born in Northern Ireland in 1924. In the British Navy in the war he served in the North Atlantic as well as in the Mediterranean and Pacific. Later he travelled the world in the diplomatic service. Alan is the author of the Oxford Companion to Food, a major reference work that he took 21 years to complete and that has been an international bestseller. He has also written a number of other books including Mediterranean Seafood, Seafood of South-East Asia, Fish and Fish Dishes of Laos, On Fasting and Feasting, Seafood and Fruit. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TechMan on 28 Dec 2005
Format: Paperback
My 1979 edition of North Atlantic Seafood came from a remainders table at Dillons, in the mid-80's. Since, as an amateur but enthusiastic seafood cook, I have worn out the binding on my hardback volume. The author's clear and concise description of the wide variety of North Atlantic seafood, and particularly comprehensive coverage of shellfish, is a gift to the culinary world. Through Mr. Davidson's descriptions, it is possible to find interesting varieties of product for the better, more sophisticated recipes of specialist chefs. Buy Davidson for his lexicography. Others' works for recipes!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Symes on 29 Nov 2003
Format: Paperback
Being a professional within North Atlantic Seafood I know there are miles between books on this specific topic. One would have guessed that a lack of quantity will mean a lack of quality. That is not the case with Alan Davidson's book. It is the most thorough piece of work on North Atlantic Seafood ever made. Alan Davidson knows that North Atlantic Seafood is not only fish, but surely also crustaceans, and he has even included sea-urchin. But Alan Davidson forgot the snow crab (as one of the largest export items from Greenland). And like it or not: the Greenlanders, the Faro Islanders, the Icelanders and the Norwegians do hunt and eat sea mammals. So I will save the fifth star to the next edition which hopefully will include these 'minor details'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Glackin on 4 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
What a book - just what I always needed. It allows me to identify every fish I could ever land in Ireland and gives me their culinary usages. This came in very handy when I caught a 1.5LB rockling and hey presto Mr Davidson (another native of the fair Isle) had a full description of it and ways to cook it. It is also an invaluable handbook if you go to where the fishermen land their fish/fish markets and see the baskets of odd fish. I will never be without it.
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By Poddy on 4 April 2010
Format: Paperback
I spotted this book in a food-loving friend's house and rushed to get one myself. This is the ideal cookbook. It is an authoritative reference on its subject and has authentic recipes from around the Atlantic seaboard. The fish names in multiple European and North American languages will make shopping and cooking while abroad easier and are fascinating in their own right. The text is learned but wears the learning lightly and with great good humour. In fact, the quality of the writing is such that I am considering buying his books on Lao and South East Asian fish even though I am unlikely ever to cook or eat the fish described.
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Exactly as advertised, in perfect condition, I recommend it strongly to anyone wishing to know something about North Atlantic Seafood
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By Kelly on 28 Feb 2013
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This is a fantastic reference book for fish species. I am not into the cooking side of things but it had some great ideas for fish I did not even know you could eat. Very comprehensive and well laid out. I would recommend it to anyone.
Only one small complaint, I wanted to give it 10 stars :-)
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