Books by Mark Kurlansky

MARK KURLANSKY is the New York Times bestselling and James A. Beard Award—winning author of 1968: The Year That Rocked the World, Salt: A World History, The Basque History of the World, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, The White Man in

MILK! by Mark Kurlansky
Released: May 8, 2018

"Chock-full of fascinating details and more than 100 recipes."
A wide-ranging history of a surprisingly controversial form of nourishment. Read full book review >
HAVANA by Mark Kurlansky
Released: March 7, 2017

"An affectionate, richly detailed, brief biography of a unique city."
Journeying through the streets, and history, of Cuba's famed capital. Read full book review >
PAPER by Mark Kurlansky
Released: May 17, 2016

"Kurlansky has been breezier in the past, a better stylistic choice for books with this level of detail to become absorbing reads."
Kurlansky (City Beasts: Fourteen Stories of Uninvited Wildlife, 2015, etc.), who chronicles world history and human advancement via one telling topic at a time, chooses paper for his latest undertaking. Read full book review >
FROZEN IN TIME by Mark Kurlansky
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"More and more young people are interested in where their food comes from, and this volume offers one fascinating part of the story. (bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
Clarence Birdseye, written about in three previous works for adults by Kurlansky—Cod (1997), Salt (2002) and The Last Fish Tale (2009)—takes center stage as the creator of a new food industry in this young-readers' adaptation of Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man (2012). Read full book review >
Released: July 11, 2013

"An ambitious thematic arc, but the devil's in the details."
Fascinating but flawed, the latest from Kurlansky (Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man, 2012 etc.) suggests that not only was the Martha and the Vandellas' hit the anthem for a time of profound change, but a call to arms for rioting militants in its "invitation across the nation." Read full book review >
BIRDSEYE by Mark Kurlansky
Released: May 8, 2012

"The author notes that Birdseye knew that curiosity is 'one essential ingredient' in a fulfilling life; it is a quality that grateful readers also discover in each of Kurlansky's books."
Yes, the frozen-food guy really was named Clarence Birdseye (1886-1956), and the story of his adventures is another satisfying dish from the remarkable menu of the author of Cod (1997), Salt (2002) and other treats. Read full book review >
BATTLE FATIGUE by Mark Kurlansky
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Pair this penetrating examination of a teen's interior process with Walter Dean Myers' Fallen Angels (1988) for a discussion about teens and the Vietnam War. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
When Joel declares himself a Conscientious Objector to the Vietnam War, he feels as though his whole life has been leading to this moment. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2011

"Two of the chapter titles anticipate two of the likely responses: 'So?' and 'Huh?'"
A conceptual essay collection as parlor game. Read full book review >
WORLD WITHOUT FISH by Mark Kurlansky
Released: April 18, 2011

"Depressing and scary yet grimly entertaining. (Nonfiction/graphic-novel hybrid. 10 & up)"
The author of Cod (1997) successfully provides readers with a frightening look at the looming destruction of the oceans. Read full book review >
EDIBLE STORIES by Mark Kurlansky
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"A delicious and delectable novel by an award-winning food writer that leaves you wanting more."
Kurlansky (The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Macoris, 2010, etc.) dishes up a loosely concatenated novel, each part titled after a food that plays a starring role in that chapter. Read full book review >
Released: April 15, 2010

"Though somewhat elementary in places, a sensitive work that celebrates even as it demythologizes."
The bittersweet tale of San Pedro de Macorís, the struggling Dominican town that has sent 79 players to the Major Leagues since the early 1960s. Read full book review >
Released: June 3, 2008

"A lucent addition to Gloucester's town treasury, featuring a wealth of dramatic stories."
Kurlansky (Nonviolence: 25 Lessons from the History of a Dangerous Idea, 2006, etc.) brings his storytelling élan to the fishing town of Gloucester, Mass. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF SALT by Mark Kurlansky
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

The author of Cod's Tale (2001) again demonstrates a dab hand at recasting his adult work for a younger audience. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2006

"A compelling, highly readable treat, whether you partake of Ostreidae or not."
Kurlansky (Boogaloo on Second Avenue, 2005, etc.) takes a fresh look at the tasty, once plentiful mollusk in this stimulating, often fascinating saga. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2005

"Sugary but far from insubstantial: a definitive portrait of an era that's all the better for not really trying to be one."
The yuppies are coming! Kurlansky, tackler of seemingly any nonfiction subject (Choice Cuts, 2002; 1968, 2004, etc.), distills his many passions into his first novel. Read full book review >
1968 by Mark Kurlansky
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Says so much so well about a year that still steals your breath away, even with so many of its hopes dashed. (Illustrations throughout)"
A masterful chronicle of a year when the world was living dangerously and everybody's hair was afire. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"An exhaustive and lively assemblage, best for snacking rather than gorging."
Bestselling food historian Kurlansky (Salt, 2002, etc.) collects writing from two millennia that describes with wit and zest cooks, cooking, and cuisines. Read full book review >
THE COD’S TALE by Mark Kurlansky
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Readers of this title will never again look at fish and chips in quite the same way. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
An awesome introduction for young readers to the Atlantic codfish by the author of the bestselling adult title, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World (1997). Read full book review >
SALT by Mark Kurlansky
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Enlightening and delighting as he goes, Kurlansky is, like Jane Grigson before him, a peerless food historian."
A lively social history that does for salt what Kurlansky previously did for Cod (1997). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 14, 1999

"In its entirety, this is an informative but ethnocentric history that readers should approach with their critical faculties intact. (Author tour)"
A comprehensive view of all things Basque, from the author of Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World (1997). Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

Cod—that whitest of the white-fleshed fish, prize of every fish-and-chips establishment—gets expert, loving, and encyclopedic handling from Food and Wine columnist Kurlansky (A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A lively, penetrating follow-up to Holocaust readings that speaks volumes about the resiliency of the Jewish people."
A richly descriptive and insightful survey of post-Holocaust European Jewry. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 1992

"Should be read by every West Indies traveler and even by old Caribbean hands, who will find here page after page of highly original insights. (Black & white photos—not seen.)"
A penetrating analysis of the social, political, sexual, and cultural worlds that exist behind the four-color Caribbean travel posters. Read full book review >