American Tuna: The Rise and Fall of an Improbable Food (California Studies in Food and Culture)

American Tuna: The Rise and Fall of an Improbable Food (California Studies in Food and Culture)

Andrew F. Smith


In a full of life account of the yank tuna over the last century, celebrated meals author and student Andrew F. Smith relates how tuna went from being bought essentially as a fertilizer to turning into the main more often than not ate up fish within the kingdom. In American Tuna, the so-called “chicken of the ocean” is either the topic and the backdrop for different points of yank heritage: U.S. international coverage, immigration and environmental politics, and nutritional trends.

Smith recounts how tuna grew to become a well-liked inexpensive high-protein nutrients starting in 1903, whilst the 1st can rolled off the meeting line. through 1918, skyrocketing revenues made it one among America’s most well-liked seafoods. within the many years that undefined, the yank tuna hired millions, but at at mid-century construction began to fade. issues approximately poisonous degrees of methylmercury, by-catch concerns, and over-harvesting all contributed to the loss of life of the at the present time, while in simple terms 3 significant canned tuna manufacturers exist within the usa, all overseas owned. A striking forged of characters— fishermen, advertisers, immigrants, epicures, and environmentalists, between many others—populate this attention-grabbing chronicle of yankee tastes and the forces that impact them.

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