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Edible Seashore

Pacific Shores Cookbook and Guide

by (author) Rick Harbo

Hancock House
Initial publish date
Jan 1988
General, Fishing, Oceans & Seas
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1988
    List Price

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Everything you need to know from catching to serving edible seafood found on the Pacific coast. This book of basic recipes by Rick Harbo includes instructions on how to catch each species, how to store it fresh or frozen, how to prepare it, and of course how to cook and serve it. Rick's wife, Heather, has tested the recipes, which leave plenty of scope for you to experiment. This book is intended as a field guide for the harvest and preparation of seafood by boaters, divers, or beachcombers from Alaska to California. Photographs and description are given to identify common edible marine animals and plants in this region. Many tips are given for the collection and preparation of the seafoods, as well as recipes. Guidelines are given for live, fresh, and frozen storage procedures as well as reference to basic herbs and spices to complement finfish and shellfish. Most of the recipes are very simple and basic, to enhance the flavor of the seafood. Be innovative and improvise with what you have available. Many of the recipes are ideal for cooking on a beach or on your boat. Please keep in mind conservation of marinelife. Take only what you can prepare and eat--and enjoy. I have not included many common seashore animals such as snails, limpets, and chitons. Although edible, they require numerous animals for a serving and are usually tough and not very tasty.

About the author

Rick holds a degree in Biological Sciences, and works as a fisheries biologist. He is also an ardent underwater photographer, and it is his magnificent pictures which grace the pages of this colorful book. A diver since 1972, he has explored the ocean's lifeforms along the coasts from Alaska to California, in regions of the Atlantic, and Greece.

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