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Eat Like a Fish

My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer
Narrated by: Bren Smith
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
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Part memoir, part manifesto, 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.

Through tales that span from his childhood in Newfoundland to his early 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 American 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 food 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 humor 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.

Includes a PDF of sea greens recipes by chefs Brooks Headley and David Santos.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Bren Smith (P)2019 Random House Audio

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“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.” (Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia)

“What a remarkable book! Bren Smith has a (wild) life story to recount, a novel food-growing technique to describe, and a planet to help save. He’s a deft enough writer to pull it all off, with a wry joy that left me (more than usually) hopeful about our future.”(Bill McKibben, New York Times best-selling author of Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet and Radio Free Vermont)

“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.” (René Redzepi, head chef and co-owner, Restaurant Noma)

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A hopeful book in the midst of the doom and gloom

This is my new favorite book. Demonstrates a practical and hopeful approach to climate change. Highly recommend.

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Awesome read!

Part autobiography and part education on ocean sustainability. The author does a great job of blending his story into real world action to combat climate change.