Everything you wanted to know (or not!) about the parasites in fish and seafood. John Burrows of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and I break it all down in this episode.
Catfish are an iconic American fish, loved by many, hated by some. I talk with my friend Jonathan Wilkins of Black Duck Revival about catfish, and we range from mechanical details on how to catch them to cooking and prepping them to the cultural baggage catfish can sometimes bring with them to the dinner table.
Andrew Zimmern, who many of you know from his TV show "Bizarre Foods," has eaten more fish and seafood over the years than anyone I know. So who better to talk about the details of flavor and texture with fish and seafood, from the sublime to the slimy.
I've always had a thing about catch and release; I don't like participating in fisheries where there is no take allowed. (Obviously, I release lots of fish that are undersized or incidental catch though). But my opinion, even though it's based on research, isn't nearly as important to listen to as are the research findings of Stephanie Shaw of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. (And no, we're not related.)
Catch and release is Stephanie's specialty, and together we bust some myths and talk about best practices for catch and release, primarily in freshwater fishing, but relevant to saltwater, too.
I am not a spearfisherman, but I've always been interested in the pursuit. It's the closest thing to hunting you can do in the water because, well, it's hunting. I talk with spearfisherman Valentine Thomas all about what it's like to chase fish with a speargun, and about how to get started if you're interested in taking up the pursuit.
We explore both the romance and the realities of commercial fishing. Tyson Fick and I crewed together on the F/V Heather Anne, a gillnet boat in Alaska, fishing for salmon. We talk about the tough realities of making a living on the water -- as well as why we love it so much!
Most of us think fish and other sea creatures aren't terribly bright. Most of is are wrong. In this episode, I talk with renowned scientist Culum Brown, a leading authority on cognition in aquatic animals, all about how smart our watery friends are. Spoiler alert: They're a lot smarter than we ever thought!
I join my friends Joe Baya and Butch Thierry of Great Days Outdoors to share stories from life as a deckhand -- all three of us have worked that job, and yeah, we have stories to tell. We also talk a lot about how you can be a better fishing charter client.
I geek out with marine biologist Crystal Hightower of the University of South Alabama on snappers: red snapper, beeliners, mangroves, you name it. These popular game fish are fascinating in their own right, but they are also one of the most controversial fisheries in America. We break down not only the biology, but also the reason why people fight over these fish.
I am not a fly angler, so I called up fly fishing expert April Vokey of Anchored Outdoors to challenge me on my thinking. What starts as a joke -- "Fly fishing sucks. Change my mind." -- develops into a great conversation about where and when fly gear works better than conventional, and when it doesn't. This is a fantastic into for the "fly curious" angler.
In this episode, I talk with Andrew Tsui of the Ike Jime Federation all about this Japanese method of killing fish, which is not only more humane, but also results in much, much higher quality fish for the table. I was and am fascinated by this practice, and we talk about how you can get started with it, too.
Australian chef Josh Niland is changing the way we look at fish and seafood. Young, skilled and unafraid to zig where others zag, Niland's cookbooks The Whole Fish Cookbook and Take One Fish are required reading among seafood chefs worldwide. We talk about using the whole fish, new ways of aging and breaking down fish, how Australia is different from the United States and how you at home can apply some of this new magic. You won't want to miss this one!
In recent years there has been a huge move to connect commercial fishermen with consumers, which helps the fishermen make more money and the consumer to get fresher, better fish and seafood. I talk with Natalie Sattler of Alaskans Own, a community supported fishery in Alaska, and Jeffrey Tedmori of E-Fish, which acts as a broker to connect small, dayboat fishermen with customers via express mail order fish. Topics include why seek out such a market, how to find one, what are the advantages and disadvantages, and where the sea to table industry is headed.
Tommy Gomes has been in the fish business for a generation, and he knows all about how to source, select, buy, and store fish and seafood. We go into detail about how you can master the market, as well as talk about the largely unknown treasure that is the Southern California commercial fishery.
West African food is something more Americans should get to know, although, if you know where to look, you can see West Africa all over America's Southern cuisine. I talk with cookbook author Zoe Adjonyoh about the food of Ghana, and its rich fish and seafood traditions.
In this episode I talk with acclaimed seafood expert and fellow cookbook author Barton Seaver about the ins and outs of farmed versus wild fish and seafood. If you think all farmed fish are bad, it just isn't that simple. We bust some myths and shed some light on this thorny topic.
One person's trash is another's treasure. So it is with so-called trash fish or rough fish. I talk about these animals with Scott Leysath, host of the TV show "Dead Meat," which focuses on offbeat fish and game, as well as Tom Dickson of the Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks; Dickson co-wrote a book on rough fish called "Fishing for Buffalo."
We go into why some fish are hated on, as well as why this is, mostly, unjust. We also go into how to catch and eat many of North America's least liked fish.
If Gene Wilder were a marine biologist, he'd be Milton Love. This episode is a fantastic conversation with one of the world's preeminent fish biologists, who also happens to be a really funny guy. We explore All Things Rockfish in this episode, and even if you're nowhere near the Pacific, you'll want to give this a listen.
Hunting rabbits was what first got me into hunting. I join Jonathan O'Dell of the Arizona Dept. of Game & Fish on a deep dive into the biology, lore, trivia, habits, hunting and yes, cooking any and all rabbit and hare species, of where there are many in North America.
A fun, spirited conversation with Lori McCarthy of Cod Sounds in Newfoundland, and Wade Truong of Elevated Wild in Virginia, all about cooking small game -- birds, rabbits, squirrels, and yep, we stray into big game, too. You asked for it, an all-cooking episode, and here it is!
In this episode we chase the desert quail of the American Southwest: Gambel's, Mearns (Montezuma) and scaled quail. I talk with hunter-biologist Kirby Bristow all about how to hunt these birds, and I share some cooking and cleaning tips at the end.
To many, the ruffed grouse is the king of all gamebirds. In this episode, I talk with hunter-biologists Rocky Gutierrez and Heather Shaw all about this amazing game bird, which ranges all the way from California to the Canadian Maritimes.
This episode concentrates on hunting wild turkeys in the fall, just in time for Thanksgiving. I talk with turkey hunting expert Tony Caggiano of World Slam Adventures not only about hunting turkeys all over North America, but also how to target autumn birds -- and then how to cook them.