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Book Group: Four Fish, by Paul Greenberg

June 2, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food and its author, Paul Greenberg

The Slow Food Russian River Book Group will be discussing the book Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food (The Penguin Press, 2010)by Paul Greenberg.

To RSVP email the Book Group at sfrrbookgroup@gmail.com.  The book group is open to anyone who can read, loves cooking a dish, and likes a good conversation. You don’t need to be a member, although – of course – we hope that with time you will become one. Location in Sebastopol with RSVP.

The Book Group meets the first Thursday of the month, 7 – 9pm. It’s a convivial dinner. Please bring a dish for four and a beverage.


About the Author

Paul Greenberg is the James Beard award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller and Notable Book Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food and American Catch: The Fight for our Local Seafood. A regular contributor to the New York Times’ Opinion Page, Magazine, Dining section, and Book Review, Greenberg lectures widely on seafood and ocean sustainability. His lecture venues include Google, the United States Senate, the United States Supreme Court, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the New England Aquarium, The Culinary Institute of America, Harvard University, Brown University, Williams College, Yale University’s Peabody Museum, Chefs Collaborative National Summit, SeaWeb’s Seafood Summit, and Paine & Partners annual shareholders meeting.

A guest and commentator on public radio programs including Fresh Air, All Things Considered, and The Leonard Lopate Show, Greenberg is also a fiction writer. His 2002 novel, Leaving Katya, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. In the last five years, he has been a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Policy Fellow, and a writer-in-residence at the Bogliasco Foundation’s Liguria Study Center near Genoa, Italy.

In addition to his fiction and nonfiction writing in the United States, Greenberg has worked extensively overseas with long-term assignments in Russia, Ukraine, France, the Caucasus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, the West Bank/Gaza, and many other locations around the world. His essays have been published internationally in The Times of London, The Observer (UK), The Age (Australia), Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany) and The Globe and Mail (Canada). Four Fish is forthcoming in Korea, Taiwan, Russia, Greece, Italy, Spain, and Germany.



Our relationship with the ocean is undergoing a profound transformation. Whereas just three decades ago nearly everything we ate from the sea was wild, rampant overfishing combined with an unprecedented bio-tech revolution has brought us to a point where wild and farmed fish occupy equal parts of a complex and confusing marketplace. We stand at the edge of a cataclysm; there is a distinct possibility that our children’s children will never eat a wild fish that has swam freely in the sea. In Four Fish, award-winning writer and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg takes us on a culinary journey, exploring the history of the fish that dominate our menus—salmon, sea bass, cod and tuna-and examining where each stands at this critical moment in time. He visits Norwegian mega farms that use genetic techniques once pioneered on sheep to grow millions of pounds of salmon a year. He travels to the ancestral river of the Yupik Eskimos to see the only Fair Trade certified fishing company in the world. He investigates the way PCBs and mercury find their way into seafood; discovers how Mediterranean sea bass went global; Challenges the author of Cod to taste the difference between a farmed and a wild cod; and almost sinks to the bottom of the South Pacific while searching for an alternative to endangered bluefin tuna. Fish, Greenberg reveals, are the last truly wild food – for now. By examining the forces that get fish to our dinner tables, he shows how we can start to heal the oceans and fight for a world where healthy and sustainable seafood is the rule rather than the exception.  (Goodreads, with many great readers reflections)

 More by Paul Greenberg

The four fish we’re overeating — and what to eat instead. TED Talk, Oct 2015.

Genetically Engineered Fish and the Strangeness of American Salmon. New Yorker, Dec 2, 2015

Articles in the New York Times.


• Book review of Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food. July 18, 2010|By Richard Eder, Special to the Los Angeles Times
“A serious study, written with wit, of such matters as the tension between the need to feed our world and to preserve it.”

Four Fish by David Helvarg, Special to The SF Chronicle Published 4:00 am, Sunday, July 11, 2010

• Catch of the Day, by Sam Sifton, New York Times July 29, 2010

• Book Review: Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food, by Barry Estabrook Posted on July 20, 2010

Four Fish, but for How Long? DEVELOPMENT & SOCIETY : Biodiversity, Fisheries, Food Security, Oceans, by Mark Notaras United Nations University

Face Book Page Four Fish by Paul Greenberg.


Book Group at the May 5 session on The End of Overeating

Book Group at the May 5 session on The End of Overeating


June 2, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Slow Food Russian River Book Group


Private Home in Sebastopol
Address with RSVP
Sebastopol, CA 95472 United States
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