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Bottomfeeder...you'll never look at fish the same way

If you, like many of us these days, are on a quest to learn more about the food you consume -- where it comes from, how it is produced, what is in it, and if it is sustainably obtained -- you may want to read Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood by Taras Grescoe. However, if you really love fish (and I do) be aware that it may change your fish consumption drastically. Shrimp is something I will now eat only on very special occasions. Between the overseas shrimp farms treated with pesticides, antibiotics and diesel oil and fresh shrimp caught with bottom trawlers that essentially scrape the bottom of the ocean, it is a no-win situation. The book is not all doom and gloom, Grescoe is a fish lover and intersperses it with descriptions of delectable meals like succulent Portuguese sardines with "fat-jeweled juices." The book ends on a cautiously optimistic note and provides a helpful list of which fish to eat. Monterey Bay Aquarium provides a similar list (Seafood Watch Pocket Guide) which is regularly updated.