The Last Days of the Great Labrador Cod Fishery

5:00 pm on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
8:00 pm on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
“Salt cod” had major impacts on the social and political history of the Atlantic Ocean and its ports. Abundant in number, flavor, and protein, as well as relatively easy to catch, produce, store, and distribute, cod was a welcome addition to the human food supply of early modern Europe. Cod not only contributed greatly to the economic development of New England, but the fish also reduced the risk of famine, and helped revolutionize maritime exploration, travel, and warfare; effectively allowing the large-scale development of many Caribbean islands and their corresponding sugar production platforms. This presentation will examine the history of this remarkable food, its underlying chemistry, and the methods used to produce it. By way of a tasting, we will also compare some of the strategies different cultures used to make the cod an intensely popular food.