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Old 11-03-2011, 08:04   #1
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Recomendations Requested for a Suitable Book !

Hi Knowledgable ones,

I read recently in a magazines about a liveaboard / cruising family that nearly died from cooking and eating a poisonous fish which they were unable to identify until they had recovered, which thankfully they all did.

That does not seem like a good way to spend your day so what I would like from you blue water chaps and chapess's is your recommendations for a good book on the identification of fish world wide, their eating qualities, or otherwise i.e Very tasty and nutritious or 'THEIR POISONOUS DO NOT EAT', and methods used to cook the fish onboard with limited facilities.

I am confident that there is a wealth of information out there.

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Re: Recomendations Requested for a Suitable Book !

get the cruisers handbook of fishing. it is a good one. covers all that and shows what fishies look like. also describes ciguatera and other evils of the sea.
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Re: Recomendations Requested for a Suitable Book !

Besides the general injunction against eating large reef predators, it's possible to buy ciguatera test kits you can use on the raw fish.

Methods vary. Some types of fish are amenable to being sushi...others not at all. Lime marinades/ceviche are a good way to "cook" without heat, and the on deck solar cookers are alleged to work well and to keep heat and fish smell out of the cabin.

Some cruisers find they are happier with deck or rail-mounted hibachis that they fuel with either charcoal or local wood, sufficiently dried. This is perhaps possible on remote islands, but I suspect foraging for the barbeque is discouraged in some places.
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Re: Recomendations Requested for a Suitable Book !

Many thanks for the information. I have now purchased the recommended book "Cruisers handbook of Fishing" and am going to explore solar cooking.

I knew the information was out there, thanks again.

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Re: Recomendations Requested for a Suitable Book !

Any larger fish snappers cuda etc are capable of having ciguetera, not a fun toxin, cooking does nothing for preventing it. It is almost never fatal but very terrible to deal with .
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