Herring Tales: How the silver darlings shaped human taste and history

Scots prefer to smoke or salt them. The Dutch love them uncooked. Swedes glance on with enjoy as they open bulging, foul-smelling cans to discover them curdling inside of. Jamaicans desire them with a splash of chili pepper. Germans and the English get pleasure from their flavor top whilst observed via pickle's chew and brine.

The herring has performed a lot to form either human flavor and background. males cooperated and got here into clash over its shoals, commencing on boats to capture them and straying to carry complete nets to shore. girls gutted and salted the capture in the course of the annual harvest and knitted the clothes fishermen wore to guard them from the ocean's chill.

Following a trip from the western fringe of Norway to the east of britain, from Shetland and the Outer Hebrides to the fishing ports of the Baltic coast of Germany and the Netherlands, Donald S. Murray has stitched jointly stories of the fish that was once of relevant value to the lives of many Europeans, noting how either it--and these interested in its capture--were celebrated within the artwork, literature, craft, tune, and folklore of northern Europe.

Blending jointly politics, technology, heritage, faith, and advertisement existence, Murray contemplates, too, the opportunity of restoring the silver darlings of legend to their long-ago shores.

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