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197 × 120 mm
192 pages
79 illustrations, 74 in colour
15 May 2017

Seaweed A Global History Kaori O’Connor

Seaweed is both the world’s oldest and its newest superfood. As a food, seaweeds are now more associated with the East than with the West, yet they have long been eaten in many parts of the world, including Europe and the Americas. Mistakenly thought of today as a forage food for the poor, in ancient times seaweed was highly prized, a delicacy reserved for royalty in Japan, China, Korea and the Pacific Islands. Illuminating seaweed’s many benefits through a fascinating history of its culinary past, Seaweed tells a unique story that stretches along coastlines the world over.

Combining myth, magic and science, Kaori O’Connor introduces readers to some of the 10,000 kinds of seaweed that grow on our planet, demonstrating how seaweed is both one of the world’s last great renewable resources and a culinary treasure ready for rediscovery. Offering recipes that range from the traditional to the contemporary, and taking us from Asia to Europe to the Americas, O’Connor shows that seaweed is not only highly sustainable but extraordinarily nutritious – and delicious.

‘This slim volume is packed with interesting facts and takes readers on a global tour of seaweed usage and consumption from Japan through China, Korea, the Americas, the United Kingdom, and Scandinavia. While solidly researched and referenced, the book is engaging and easy to read. It touches on history, geography, ecology, nutrition, and even art, and reveals the profound importance and influence of this “superfood” from the sea.’ – Choice

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Dr Kaori O’Connor is an anthropologist at University College London, author of The English Breakfast (2013), Pineapple, (Reaktion 2013), The Never-Ending Feast: The Anthropology and Archaeology of Feasting (2015). She is a frequent media commentator on food, appearing on programmes such as The Great British Bake Off and The Hairy Bikers, and is a winner of the prestigious international Sophie Coe Prize for Food History (2009).