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4.0 out of 5 stars A treasury of cookery information... if you can get the right fish in your area of the world, 15 Feb 2014
This review is from: Fish: The Complete Fish and Seafood Companion (Hardcover)
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.

White Fish:
Bream
Brill
Cod
Coley
Dover Sole
Grey Mullet
Gurnard
Haddock
Hake
Halibut
John Dory
Lemon Sole
Ling
Megrim
Monkfish
Pollack
Red Mullet
Sea Bass
Skate
Snapper
Turbot
Whiting

Oily Fish:
Anchovy
Herring
Kingfish
Mackerel
Salmon
Sardine
Sprat
Swordfish
Tuna

Shellfish:
Clam
Cockle
Crab
Cuttlefish
Langoustine
Lobster
Mussels
Oysters
Prawn

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