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Herring – A Global History

Though tiny, the herring has played an enormous role in history. Battles have been waged over it. International economic alliances have formed over it. Major cities owe their prosperity to it. Political powers have risen and fallen with herring’s own rise and fall in population. How can this all be attributed to this unassuming little animal?

In Herring: A Global History, Kathy Hunt looks at the environmental, historical, political, and culinary background of this prolific and easily caught fish. Over the centuries, herring have sustained populations in times of war and hardship, and the fish’s rich flavor, delicate texture, and nutritious meat have made it a culinary favorite. Its ease of preparation—just grill, broil, fry, pickle, salt, or smoke and serve—have won it further acclaim. Engaging and informative, the book features fifteen mouth-watering recipes. It will appeal to food lovers, history buffs, and anyone who has ever enjoyed a British kipper, German Bismarck, Dutch matjes, or Jewish chopped-herring.

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Series: Edible
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Reaktion Books (October 15, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1780238312
ISBN-13: 978-1780238319


  1. Timothy Massie says

    Congratulations on your new book! Such a curious subject. I do look forward to reading it very soon. It’s now on my Christmas list.

    • Kathy Hunt says

      Thanks, Tim! It’s a fascinating fish with an equally fascinating history! Let me know what you think of the book and of herring. 🙂

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