Stock Image

American Seafood: Heritage, Culture & Cookery From Sea to Shining Sea

Barton Seaver

7 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 145491940X / ISBN 13: 9781454919407
Published by Sterling Publishing Co Inc
New Condition: New Hardcover
From THE SAINT BOOKSTORE (Southport, United Kingdom)

AbeBooks Seller Since 14 June 2006 Seller Rating 5-star rating

Quantity Available: 3

Buy New
Price: 27.82 Convert Currency
Shipping: 6.94 From United Kingdom to U.S.A. Destination, rates & speeds
Add to basket

About this Item

New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Bookseller Inventory # B9781454919407

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: American Seafood: Heritage, Culture & ...

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co Inc

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition: New

About this title


From prestigious writer, chef and sustainability advocate Barton Seaver comes a seminal reference on every aspect of American seafood. With the growing trend to reintroduce US-caught seafood into our culinary lexicon, this trustworthy reference will be the go-to source for home cooks, culinary students, professional chefs, and anyone fascinated by American food culture. American Seafood looks at maritime history, including: Native American fisheries; fishing technology (including aquaculture); the effect of imports on our diet, economy and the health of our seas; the biology of taste; and the evolution of seafood cuisine, from Pine Bark Stew, red and white chowder, Po Boys, and Clam Bakes, to Baltimore Crab Cakes, Planked Salmon, Oysters Rockefeller and Sushi. And although this is not a cookbook, Barton Seaver presents invaluable information on traditional culinary arts and his favourite ideas for taste pairings and preferred methods for cooking seafood. An index of species with common, regional and accepted names, all alphabetized rounds out this must-have volume.


"This lavishly illustrated reference guide to edible sea creatures from American waters answers most every question about what shows up in U.S. fish markets and how it all got there. Seaver inventories fish and shellfish from Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf sources, and even the Great Lakes. He gives place of honor to fishermen themselves, noting the deadly dangers they confront in order to feed us. He also delves into fishing techniques, distinguishing the workings of all kinds of nets, trawls, and dredges. He even gets into cultural details, such as how African Americans came to dominate commercial fishing in some places. A few iconic recipes appear, such as cioppino and clam chowder. As if the text were not in and of itself valuable, Seaver has collected both contemporary and historical photos and drawings of fishing boats, fishermen, and even ads. Some of the most intriguing are posters from war years, propagandizing Americans to eat more fish in times of meat rationing." --Booklist (starred review)

"Seaver (For Cod and Country), head of the sustainable seafood and health initiative at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health, has assembled a gorgeous illustrated encyclopedic survey of America's evolving relationship with seafood. From abalone to wreckfish, Seaver details key characteristics of each fish, its place in culinary history, and common preparations: grouper, for example, are caught mostly in the Gulf of Mexico, and are an 'all-purpose fish, as their pearly white meat cooperates with just about any flavors and methods of preparation.' Occasionally he suggests recipes for classic dishes such as lobster Newburg, cioppino stew, and seafood gumbo. Seaver offers accolades to the people in the fishing industry who help bring that food to the table, and the book is accordingly laced with gorgeous photos of fishers and their vessels, massive stacks of preserved halibut and fresh shrimp, and vintage advertisements and other fishing ephemera. 'Seafood is part of our culinary heritage, ' Seaver writes in the book's introduction, and his argument that Americans can't understand the present without knowledge of the past rings loud and clear in this remarkable work." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

The Saint Bookstore has a range of over 1 million titles available.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

Please order through the Abebooks checkout. We only take orders through Abebooks - We don't take direct orders by email or phone.

Refunds or Returns: A full refund of the purchase price will be given if returned within 30 days in undamaged condition.

As a seller on abebooks we adhere to the terms explained at - if you require further assistance please email us at

Shipping Terms:

Most orders usually ship within 1-3 business days, but some can take up to 7 days.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express