My good friend, a 93-year-old war hero has not eaten a shrimp since the 1940's. He tells me tales of his days as an officer in the Merchant Marines during and after World War II. Jim remembers the shrimp farms of the Ganges delta and in Southeast Asia, literally swimming in raw sewage. He is … Continue reading How Safe Is Imported Shrimp?
I normally don't shop at Market Basket, mostly because it's like shopping a day before the hurricane - every day of the year. I'd rather pay slightly more for the luxury of actually getting through an aisle without someone asking me how my grandmother is doing. It's been even crazier recently because of our big … Continue reading Supermarket Sockeye Salmon
When I was studying anthropology I took a course in pre-Columbian Peru. It was an amazing course by Professor Judy Zeitlin and one of the things I learned in the class is that the weather phenomenon we know as El Nino, has been affecting the people of Peru for millennia. If I remember correctly, the … Continue reading Peruvian Anchovies Expected To Rebound Post El Nino
Have you noticed that a lot of the seafood sold in supermarkets or marketed online has all of a sudden become "sustainable?" Over the last decade it has become a major buzzword along with "gluten-free" and "organic." How can this be? If all this seafood is really sustainably caught or farmed then why are we … Continue reading What Is Sustainable Seafood?
Monkfish (Lophius americanus), also known as goosefish is a type of anglerfish that is common in the Western North Atlantic. As an anglerfish, they hide in the mud or sand and catch prey with the use of a specialized “lure” on its head. They are caught year-round along the U.S. Eastern seaboard but landings increase … Continue reading Species Spotlight: Monkfish
Lent has traditionally been tied to the consumption of seafood and was once part of a series of fasts in the Catholic calendar that forbade meat (with exceptions) for up to 200 days a year. Salt cod and herring were eaten by all ranks, along with any other protein that was allowed in these "lean" … Continue reading Lenten Special: “From Head To Tale” For Kindle For Only 99 Cents!
Among the 30 or so fish that are called mackerel there are the so-called “true mackerels” like the Atlantic mackerel (scomber scombrus), Spanish mackerels like king mackerel (Scomberomorus cavalla), and many unrelated fish with mackerel like characteristics. Mackerel are smaller and slimmer than tuna but have similar streamlined bodies, forked tails, silver or white bellies … Continue reading Species Spotlight: Mackerel
The Dungeness crab season for the Oregon coast began January 1 this year and will run till mid-August. After a month, the crabbing has been very strong with over 13 million pounds of dungeness harvested already, that is only a million pounds shy of the entire 2016 season. Washington State is also having a great … Continue reading Oregon’s Dungeness Crab Season Starts Strong
I've always wanted to try this brand, not only because they are relatively close by, but just out of curiosity. Their line of products which also include soups, broths and canned fish has such unassuming labels that it must be good...right?
I've been a little disappointed with the early sales for my cookbook: From Head To Tale. But that is nothing to the rage I feel after learning someone has posted a YouTube video of a supposed "free" audiobook of it. This is not the first time my work has been stolen online, I've submitted quite … Continue reading Rant: Stealing My Cookbook