By Andrew F. Smith
In a full of life account of the yankee tuna over the last century, celebrated foodstuff author and student Andrew F. Smith relates how tuna went from being bought basically as a fertilizer to turning into the main regularly fed on fish within the nation. In American Tuna, the so-called "chicken of the sea" is either the topic and the backdrop for different points of yank heritage: U.S. overseas coverage, immigration and environmental politics, and nutritional tendencies. Smith recounts how tuna grew to become a well-liked inexpensive high-protein meals starting in 1903, whilst the 1st can rolled off the meeting line. through 1918, skyrocketing revenues made it considered one of America's most well-liked seafoods. within the many years that undefined, the yank tuna hired millions, but at at mid-century creation began to fade. issues approximately poisonous degrees of methylmercury, by-catch concerns, and over-harvesting all contributed to the dying of the this present day, whilst basically 3 significant canned tuna manufacturers exist within the usa, all international owned. A extraordinary forged of characters—fishermen, advertisers, immigrants, epicures, and environmentalists, between many others—populate this interesting chronicle of yankee tastes and the forces that impression them.
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