We like author Barton Seaver’s new book, For Cod and Country ($18), for two reasons — neither of which involve the deplorable wordplay in its title. The first is that it’s filled with creative recipes for fish that will surely impress cod-fearing dinner guests if executed correctly (re: not like tuna surprise). The second, and more distinguishing characteristic of this book is its focus on teaching readers a sustainable approach to living from the sea. Specifically, the section entitled “a separate season” provides details on when and where fish are fresh, how they’re caught and offers suggestions on substituting similar tasting seafood when a certain variety just isn’t available (or good). Learn from it, and do your part for the earth and your girth.

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