Richard Schweid's Consider the Eel PDF

By Richard Schweid

ISBN-10: 1469615134

ISBN-13: 9781469615134

Journalist Richard Schweid first discovered the unusual evidence of the freshwater eel's lifestyles from a fisherman in a small Spanish city simply south of Valencia. "The eeler who defined the animal's lifestyles cycle to me did in order he served up an eel he had simply taken from a catch, killed, wiped clean, and cooked in olive oil in an earthenware dish," writes Schweid. "I ate it with a bit of clean, crusty bread. It used to be scrumptious. i used to be instantly fascinated."

As this attractive culinary and common heritage finds, the standard eel is certainly an awesome creature. each ecu and American eel starts off its lifestyles within the Sargasso Sea--a tremendous, weedy stretch of deep Atlantic waters among Bermuda and the Azores. Larval eels waft for as much as 3 years till they achieve the rivers of North the United States or Europe, the place they mature and stay so long as 20 years ahead of returning to the Sargasso to mate and die. Eels have by no means been bred effectively in captivity.

Consulting fisherfolk, chefs, and scientists, Schweid takes the reader on a world journey to bare the commercial and gastronomic significance of eel in areas corresponding to japanese North Carolina, Spain, Northern eire, England, and Japan. (While this wealthy but mild-tasting fish has nearly disappeared from U.S. tables, over $2 billion worthy of eel continues to be eagerly fed on in Europe and Asia each one year.) The publication additionally comprises recipes, either historical and modern, for getting ready eel.

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