River Cottage Fish Book
By Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Nick Fisher
The River Cottage Fish book is a huge installment by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and fishing pal (and the aptly named) Nick Fisher. Nick features often on the River Cottage TV series, and on some episodes the pair have even gone out on Nick's boat from Weymouth to do a spot of sea fishing. So it seems that Nick, a real authority and passionate fisherman would be the excellent person to trust with writing a River Cottage book on fish.
Probably the greatest feature of this book is its depth; it not only appeals to those people who enjoy cooking a great meal involving fish but it will also appeal to those with any kind of interest in the basic biology of other environmental factors related to fish. This book covers things like environmental and sustainability issues with fish and fishinig, how to choose fresh fish, how to store fish, how to prepare fish (so things like good-filleting practise), of course recipes, and even how to go out and catch your own.
In short, this book will provide you with absolutely everything you need to know about fish, and about edible sea-shore plants and seaweeds too. If it comes from the sea, and is edible, then this book will explain how to catch it (if it's not endangered), how to prepare it, and will then give you the best recipe for it.
As you can imagine, this book is a collosal read and is the perfect reference book for those times when you've forgotten a particular recipe for Bream, or simply when you fancy reading up on some of the sustainability issues affecting fishing today. You won't find a better book on sea fish.
The front cover of the River Cottage Sea Fishing Handbook.