The US has 90,000 Miles of Shoreline.
So Why Does It Import the Majority of Its Seafood?
Why does the US have 90,000 miles of shoreline yet import the majority of its most of seafood? My guest today is Craig Fear. He’s an author of 3 soup cookbooks, blogger at Fearless Eating, and a board member of the New England-based seafood non-profit, Eating with the Ecosystem, which promotes a place-based approach to consuming seafood.
Craig fell in love with soups during his travels to East Asia but in his most recent cookbook, New England Soups from the Sea, he returns to his roots. To call this book a cookbook is a bit of a disservice, however, because it is also a commentary on the historical, social, and financial reasons that the US neglects the abundance of seafood on its shores (we have more square acreage available for fishing than for farming!), a primer on the types and uses of our seafood, and only then a huge collection of historic New England soup and chowder recipes.
- Craig’s story: soup = health
- How his travels influenced his palette and the 3 books he’s written
- Where is US seafood going
- What happened to our taste for seafood
- What are we guaranteed of if we buy US fish
- Success of rebuilding overfished stocks into sustainable levels
- The wonders of shellfish aquaculture
- Why is 90% of our seafood imported?
- Demand-based models vs. Supply-based models
- A few of the most undervalued fish in the US
- What happened to New England lobsters?
- Connecticut Clam Chowder - a cross of Manhattan & New England Clam Chowders
- Hard shell vs. Soft shell clams
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How To Contact Craig Fear
Buy his book New England Soups from the Sea on Amazon
Facebook: Fearless Eating
If you don't live in New England, Craig suggests buying seafood from redsbest.com
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Recipe Shared by Craig Fear
Craig's delicious clam chowder takes the best from the tomato-based Manhattan Chowder and the creamy New England Chowder and creates something unique and spectacular!
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