Been reading this book avidly since getting it a couple of days ago. If like me you have a fascination with the sea and in particular fish then - "the little darlings is an asorbing read". Smythe clearly knows his subject inside out and his passion for the species and the history of the people over the centuries who caught, processed and sold herring comes though on every page. Of particular merit is the layout of the book, into short focussed chapters and the copious well produced photos and pictures that are well placed throughout the text. The inclusion of (very good recipies) works well, as does fascilimies of old advertisements, and the use of poems all add to the detail and passion for the subject. Mike Smythe has produced a scolarly work which is both detailed and highly readable. Anyone interested in seafish,fishing and eating food, or like me a student of marine biology will find this a great buy. Totally recommended.
This is an amazing book for any herring lover (like myself) who wants to know all about this precious fish. It goes into every detail of its anatomy, life, history, names, habits etc... and also tells the tales of those who lived off its silvery back. The illustrations are beautiful, and the recipes, cleverly inserted at the beginning of each chapter are a welcome bonus. All of it should convince its reader to resume the habit of eating a herring a day!