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.