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Recommended Reading – Field Guide to Seafood

Updated on October 24, 2010
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Are you interested in learning more about seafood? With so many different types of seafood available in supermarkets and in seafood shops, as well as on restaurant menus it can be hard to make informed decisions about which seafood choices are the best.

That’s what Field Guide to Seafood by Aliza Green is all about!

About Field Guide to Seafood

Officially titles Field Guide to Seafood: How to Identify, Select, and Prepare Virtually Every Fish and Shellfish at the Market , this book is designed to be a comprehensive resource for individuals who want to become knowledgeable about seafood.

No matter what you want to learn about seafood, there's a good chance you'll find what you are looking for in this book!

Whether you are primarily interested in learning how to shop for seafood, developing the ability to distinguish one variety from another, finding proper cooking techniques, or learning what to consider when ordering seafood dishes in restaurants, you’re sure to find the information presented in this compact field guide publication to be interesting, informative and useful.

What You'll Find in Field Guide to Seafood

When you read Field Guide to Seafood , you’ll have an opportunity to learn about more than 100 types of fish, shellfish and other seafood related topics. The book is organized into five different sections, with alphabetical listings of different topics grouped under each major heading.

The five sections presented in Field Guide to Seafood are:

  • Fish
  • Mollusks
  • Crustaceans
  • Other Water Creatures
  • Preserved Fish and Seafood

Each section begins with general information about the classification of seafood covered, providing a general overview and facts designed to help readers develop a deeper understanding of the topic at hand.

For example, in the fish section readers learn about what should be considered when deciding whether to purchase whole, filleted, or frozen fish. There are also tips for skinning and filleting fish, making stock from fish, and much more.

Similar details are provided in each section, followed by details about particular examples of each type of seafood. For each example, the book provides preparation tips and recipe suggestions, information on how to make selections at the market, information about flavors that are appropriate for seasoning and pairing side dishes, other names that are often used, and more.

While there are not illustrations throughout the book, there is a section in the center of the book that highlights labeled photographs of several of the different types of seafood discussed in the publication, as well as other images designed to be useful to readers.

Great Gift Idea for Seafood Lovers

If you are looking for an inexpensive gift idea for someone who has a great appreciation for seafood, Field Guide to Seafood just might be the perfect choice.

The book makes a great “stocking stuffer” or small stand-along gift idea. It would also be an excellent choice to pair with a seafood cookbook or even a selection of fresh or frozen seafood items from a local source or a mail order seafood company.

Any seafood lover is sure to find this book to provide fascinating reading material!

Special thanks to Quirk Books for providing me with an opportunity to review this book!

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