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Mark Kurlansky

New York Times bestselling-author of Cod, Salt, and The Food of a Younger Land

  • About Mark Kurlansky

    Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling and James A. Beard Award–winning author of many books, including Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World; Salt: A World History; 1968: The Year That Rocked the World; The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell; The Last Fish Tale: The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America’s Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original Town; and City Beasts.

    He is the winner of a Bon Appétit Food Writer of the Year Award as well as a Glenfiddich Food and Drink Award for Best Book, and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He lives in New York City.

  • Speaking Topics

    Environmental Topics

    The Decline in Fish Stocks The Fishing Crisis The Future of the Oceans

    Food Topics

    The History of Fishing Food Writing Salt American Cooking

    The Year 1968 Around the World, and Why It Was a Global Phenomenon

    The History of the Basques

    The History of Nonviolence

  • Praise for Mark Kurlansky

    Praise for City Beasts

    Kurlansky powerfully demonstrates the defining role food plays in history and culture.

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    For those of us who love both stories and food, this book is a delectable feast. Mark Kurlansky’s sixteen-part novel is like a long, wonderful meal with friends. It is nurturing, succulent, and most of all, a lot of fun.

    Edwidge Danticat

    Brilliant… Journalistic skills might be part of a writer’s survival kit, but they infrequently prove to be the foundation for literary success, as they have here. …. Kurlansky has a wonderful ear for the syntax and rhythm of the vernacular… For all the seriousness of Kurlansky’s cultural entanglements, it is nevertheless a delight to experience his sophisticated sense of play and, at times, his outright wicked sense of humor.

    The New York Times Book Review

    Praise for Frozen in Time

    Engaging . . . reminds young readers that the most essential ingredient to innovation is curiosity.


    A fascinating story of curiosity, imagination and invention.

    Kirkus Reviews

    Praise for Ready for a Brand New Beat

    Comprehensive…effective…a strong case for why ‘Dancing in the Street’ would be widely interpreted as a call to action.

    The New Yorker

    Mr. Kurlansky has come up with a book that will make you hum its theme song.

    The New York Times

    Historians and music lovers alike will be grateful for Mr. Kurlansky’s thorough appreciation of this iconic song.

    The Wall Street Journal

    Praise for Birdseye

    [An] intriguing book that . . . coaxes readers to re-examine everyday miracles like frozen food, and to imagine where places with no indigenous produce would be without them.

    The New York Times

    Less a biography than a glimpse into an exuberantly inventive time in America. . . . In Kurlansky’s hands, the arc of Birdseye’s life . . . is a history of the American imagination.

    The Washington Post
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