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Caviar: The Strange History and Uncertain Future of the by Inga Saffron

By Inga Saffron

In the culture of Cod and Olives: a desirable trip into the hidden historical past, tradition, and trade of caviar.

Once only an alternative choice to meat in the course of spiritual fasts, this present day caviar is an icon of luxurious and wealth. In Caviar, Inga Saffron tells, for the 1st time, the tale of ways the virgin eggs of the prehistoric-looking, bottom-feeding sturgeon have been remodeled from a humble peasant nutrients right into a czar’s delicacy–and finally a coveted prestige image for a emerging heart type. She explores how the glistening black eggs turned the epitome of culinary extravagance, whereas taking us on a revealing expedition into the murky global of caviar at the banks of the Volga River and Caspian Sea in Russia, the Elbe in Europe, and the Hudson and Delaware Rivers within the usa. even as, Saffron describes the complicated caviar has spawned, illustrating the unlucky effects of mass advertising and marketing the sort of infrequent commodity.

The tale of caviar has lengthy been considered one of clash, predicament, extravagant claims, and colourful characters, resembling the Greek sea captain who first stumbled on the key approach to transporting the perishable delicacy to Europe, the canny German businessmen who encountered a wealth of untapped sturgeon in American waters, the Russian Communists who created a cosmopolitan cartel to marketplace caviar to an prosperous Western consumers, the dirt-poor poachers who eked out a dwelling from sturgeon within the aftermath of the Soviet cave in and the “caviar Mafia” that has risen of their wake, and the dedicated scientists who sacrificed their careers to maintain caviar on our tables.
Filled with lore and intrigue, Caviar is a charming paintings of culinary, typical, and cultural history.

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Fascinating....affecting...Part average background, half culinary history....a glossy parable approximately greed and loss...Saffron has performed a nimble activity of dramatizing it within the such a lot vibrant of phrases, leaving the reader with a realizing of ways the destiny of a fish has been made up our minds by means of the vicissitudes of politics and enterprise, by means of technological advances and moving cultural appetites.
-- Michiko Kakutani, ny Times

Inga Saffron is a journalist who understands tips on how to inform a story... [her] ebook that tracks the destiny of those attention-grabbing eggs from peasant fare to the last word luxurious, from the Black Sea to San Francisco, from abundance to near-extinction. alongside the best way, she introduces scenes and characters with a journalist's ardour for detail.
-- Washington Post

About the Author

Covering international affairs and family tradition, Inga Saffron has been a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer for fifteen years and served because the newspaper’s Moscow correspondent from 1994 via 1998. at the moment the Inquirer’s structure critic, she lives in Philadelphia.

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At its full extension, the net fell twenty-two yards below the surface. The quest for the world’s greatest luxury turned out to be exceedingly dull work. River fishing has none of the danger, uncertainty, or romance associated with the ocean kind. It is a mechanical process. All day long, the tug drags the net across the channel, then pulls it in again like a noose. As soon as the fish are removed from its grasp, the operation starts all over again. The fishermen spend most of their time standing around in the chilly water, holding up the edge of the net to keep it from tangling.

The net had trapped everything in its path—pike, carp, herring, sterlet, as well as sturgeon. Venyamin cared only about one thing. ” he called to the fishermen. “Not one,” the foreman Nikolai answered officiously. “I see a stellate,” insisted Venyamin. The net was twenty feet away, a tangled mass of wildly flapping fish. “And a Russian sturgeon with caviar,” he added. With a final heave, the men bunched the net into a tight wad. Then, crouching slightly, as if they were raising a medicine ball, they emptied 24 Introduction the twitching contents into a shallow boat.

Scientists call the fish a living fossil because the sturgeon have changed little over the millennia. A sturgeon caught today could fit more or less neatly into a petrified impression left by its Jurassic counterpart. Today sturgeon live exclusively in the waters of the Northern Hemisphere. Most sturgeon are anadromous, which means they make their homes in the sea and commute to rivers to spawn. They are usually most comfortable someplace between the two, in the brackish deltas and tidal estuaries where salt water and fresh water collide.

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