A Seafood Heritage
From America's First Industry
From the introduction:
....“…Our American heritage glitters with examples of how our ingenious and industrious ancestors managed to have good times while helping each other…. We carry on that tradition today by raising funds for our favorite causes, Jamborees, block parties, fish fries, and a host of other ways…. The common ingredients are fun and food. And there's no reason why that food shouldn't be seafood, for it too has a heritage of helping out…it helped the Jamestown Colony and the Pilgrims live through those first rough winters before there were enough crops to go around….
.... “…The recipes and menus on the following pages will give you the ideas you'll need to feed a group…Any time is a good time for seafood!”
....With a plug like this for our American heritage, maybe it's time to add seafood to our fall get-togethers, or even to our Thanksgiving menu! Recipes and anecdotes in this 21-page booklet, published by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, range from King Crab Newburg to Country-Fried Catfish, from Manhattan Clam Chowder to New England Clam Chowder, and lots more. Yummy!
....But if there are vegetarians in the family, you might want to share this anecdote with them before you serve dinner—
“Benjamin Franklin craved fish so much that he concocted an elaborate (and somewhat dubious) rationale for justifying their consumption while professing to be a vegetarian: “Being becalm'd off Block Island, our people set about catching cod, and hauled up a great many. Hitherto I had stuck to my resolution of not eating animal food, and on this occasion I consider'd…the taking of every fish as a kind of unprovoked murder…But I had formerly been a great lover of fish, and, when this came hot out of the frying-pan, it smelt admirably well. I balanc'd some time between principle and inclination, till I recollected that, when the fish were opened, I saw smaller fish taken out of their stomachs; then thought I, 'If you eat one another, I don't see why we mayn't eat you.' So I din'd upon cod very heartily…So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for every thing one has a mind to do.”
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