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Eat Like a Fish : My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer - Bren Smith

Eat Like a Fish

My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer

By: Bren Smith

Paperback | 5 August 2019

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From the aquatic world's Anthony Bourdain, Eat Like a Fish is a former fisherman's memoir, manifesto and vision for the future of food: restorative ocean farming.

In Eat Like a Fish Bren Smith - a former commercial fisherman turned restorative ocean farmer - shares a bold new vision for the future of food: seaweed. Part memoir, part manifesto, through tales that span from his childhood in Newfoundland to his years on the high seas aboard commercial fishing trawlers, from pioneering new forms of ocean farming to surfing the frontiers of the food movement, Smith introduces the world of sea-based agriculture and advocates getting ocean vegetables onto our plates. There are thousands of edible varieties in the sea!

Here he shows how we can transform our food system while enjoying delicious, nutritious, locally grown produce, and how restorative ocean farming has the potential to create millions of new jobs and protect our planet in the face of climate change, rising populations, and finite food resources. Also included are recipes from acclaimed chefs Brooks Headley and David Santos.

Written with the humour and swagger of a fisherman telling a late-night tale, this is a monumental work of deeply personal food policy that will profoundly change the way we think about what we eat.

About the Author

Bren Smith is a former commercial fisherman turned ocean farmer who pioneered the development of restorative 3D ocean farming. Born and raised in Newfoundland, he left high school at the age of 14 to work on fishing boats from the Grand Banks to the Bering Sea. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic and The Atlantic. His ocean farm won the Buckminster Fuller Challenge for ecological design and, in 2017, was named one of Time magazine's Best Inventions. He is the owner of Thimble Island Ocean Farm and executive director of the nonprofit Green Wave, which trains new ocean farmers
Industry Reviews
"MATTHEW EVANS: 'Eat Like a Fish is a rollicking, brutally honest tale of a broken fisherman and his quest to save himself and the world. The gritty message for foodies and those interested in the health of our oceans is astounding in its simplicity; Love and fear the ocean, and don't take too much from her. Bren Smith's life story, as a trawler-hardened pillager of the ocean, small-time drug dealer, grifter and school dropout turned seaweed farmer is laced with tales of hope; that by using shellfish and sea vegetables we can feed the world and heal the oceans at the same time. Read this, and you'll never look at the bounty of the seas, or the buccaneers that work those seas for us, the same again.'

KIRSTEN BRADLEY, Milkwood: 'The future of regenerative agriculture must include regenerative ocean farming. The important work that Bren Smith and his fellow ocean farmers are innovating is essential to the future health of not just our communities and our oceans, but to our planet as a whole. An enjoyably riveting, essential read.'

RENE REDZEPI, head chef and co-owner of restaurant Noma: 'Seaweed is the food of the future; it's a powerhouse of nutrition and holds a world of untapped flavor and deliciousness. Bren's underwater kelp farms can feed us for years to come and the more we eat, the more we also give back to the ocean. This book leads the way.'

MARK BITTMAN, author of How to Cook Everything: 'Bren Smith's book on seaweed farming is something I've been looking forward to for years.'

YVON CHOUINARD, founder, Patagonia: 'Bren Smith is a hero of ours - not just for his ingenious vertical farming of kelp and shellfish in the Thimble Islands, but for facing squarely the root causes of one crisis with many symptoms: climate change, desertification, obesity, and hunger. This book shows us new ways to grow food and make a living that can both heal the planet and make life more satisfying.'

BOOKPAGE REVIEW: 'Smith is an articulate, very human ambassador for sustainable, ethical and environmentally beneficial mariculture, weaving his plea for changing the way we eat with solid proof of why it's so necessary. He includes a global history here as well, spanning coastal cultures from China and Japan to Scotland and Atlantic Canada, all rich with best practices and viable traditions...If this new age of ""climate cuisine"" needs an introduction, Eat Like a Fish is surely it.'"