So many cookbooks collect recipes with a common theme and leave it at that. What Paul Johnson does is provide you with culinary knowledge. The owner of the Monterey Fish Market examines sustainable fishing from every angle, including fishing techniques, seasonal availability and health risks like bio-accumulated pollutants. Some of the less common species this book provides recipes for may be hard to find at chain supermarkets—but even if you never cook a single dish, this book can be a great aid for any chef. The detailed preparation techniques are invaluable, and the chipotle mayo for the seared scallops will make its way onto all of your sandwiches. It’s true—you can give a man a fish and feed him for a day, or you can teach him sustainable fishing techniques and feed the world forever.