Culinary Art of Seaweed and Algae in the 21st Century
Nori, gim, zicai, laver … no matter where you’re from, you’ll almost certainly have a word that describes algae and seaweed as a food. Sometimes we eat it without knowing it. Algae and seaweed have probably been eaten by humans as long as our species has existed. The earliest historical record of seaweed consumption goes back to 3000 BC in China, and there is good evidence the Irish and Scots have eaten seaweed for at least 4,000 years. Australians, however, are just beginning to wake up to just how beneficial and tasty seaweed and algae can be. In a world obsessed with nutrient-poor junk or fast foods and the rising incidence of lifestyle diseases such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes, it has never been more important for Australians to make responsible and ethical food choices.
The launch of this book coincides with the 5th Congress of the International Society of Applied Phycology to be held in Sydney in June 2014 - a forum dedicated to shining an international spotlight on potential algal applications in Australia and the development of our algae industry. There has never been a better time to educate Australians on the joys and benefits of eating seaweed and algae. Some of the world’s leading seaweed and algae producers and partnering them with some of Australia’s most innovative chefs from the South Coast and beyond, this book will take you on a visually evocative, tantalizing journey in which you will become acquainted with culinary masters, drawing their inspiration from the primal beauty of our pristine coastline.
Seaweed and algae beyond the ubiquitous sushi roll, this book is a must have for all who want to eat clean, sustainable food that tastes sensational and has maximum health benefits. And who knows? One day you too may be inventing amazing new recipes to put seaweed and algae back in its rightful place as a nutritious and tasty part of our staple diet.