Mark Kurlansky

Mark Kurlansky is an American journalist and writer of general interest non-fiction, including 'Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World', 'Salt: A World History', and 'Paper: Paging Through History'. He is known for his ability to take seemingly mundane subjects and explore their historical and cultural significance. His works often incorporate a wide range of disciplines, including history, science, and gastronomy.


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  1. 1. Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

    This book is a fascinating exploration of the historical, cultural, economic, and ecological impact of the codfish. It traces the role of this fish in shaping economies, sparking wars, and influencing culinary trends across centuries and continents. The book also delves into the devastating effects of overfishing and the current struggle to sustain cod populations. The narrative combines history, science, and gastronomy to present a comprehensive biography of this significant fish species.