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Cook’s Illustrated
For months I kept asking my hubby what he wanted to do for his 40th birthday. Go out to a fancy dinner, rent out a private room for a party, or take a trip? No, no, and no. Finally, the decision:

“I want to have everyone over for dinner and barbecue ribeye steaks and lobster tails.”

When I heard this I remember thinking, “wow, I would never choose to cook for myself and 40 friends on my own birthday. He must really love cooking.”

Hubby has always enjoyed being in the kitchen or standing over a smoking grill. We subscribed to several cooking magazines, but it wasn’t until we began getting Cook’s Illustrated that something changed. If you’ve never seen Cook’s Illustrated before, it is a thin publication that features no actual photographs of food, only artists’ drawings. Sounds rather dull until you read it. Every recipe is tested, and tested, and tested, until they have the perfect crepe, stir-fry, or pineapple upside-down cake. They also have a member’s website which has an extensive array of recipes, technique videos, and equipment reviews.

Hubby's lobster tails grilling. Photo by Ananda Dalidd

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This is going to sound completely obvious, but the reason we use Cook’s Illustrated recipes day in and day out is because they always turn out great. Not good, but great.
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Over the weekend, I took my daughter to the Ty Warner Sea Center. Between petting the sharks and holding the hermit crabs, we passed by their exhibit on consuming sustainable fish. As a part of the exhibit, they made available these handy little wallet guides to help make seafood choices when shopping or dining easier. The Monterey Bay Aquarium created the guides and they update them each year. They also have a Sushi Guide which I grabbed too.

Most health professionals will tell you that consuming fish is healthy. What you’ll learn through these guides and other resources  is, that unfortunately, many varieties are overfished or are caught/farmed in ways that harm other marine life or the environment. In addition, health concerns surrounding mercury and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) exposure are very legitimate. Below is a list of resources to help you make the best seafood choices. Want the cliff notes? Skip to the bottom and see the Super Green List of seafood.

Seafood Watch

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a whole section of their website devoted to helping people find the best seafood options.

Mobile Apps

  • Seafood Watch has helpful smart phone apps for both the iPhone and Android. Best of all? They are free and very easy to use. A quick search on my iPhone does show other seafood apps, but most are not free.

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

The EDF supplied the containment information for the Seafood Watch guides. Their site features:

  • A great chart which shows the maximum servings that can be safely eaten each month of a long list of fish (with regards to mecury & PCBs)
  • A complete list of seafood with “Eco-Ratings”
  • A Fish Oil Supplement guide

EatingWell

Eating Well has put together their own Seafood Guide. It is a long list of fish and for each type, shows:

  • Health concerns – mercury, PCBs
  • If it is a good source of Omega-3s
  • Harvest notes – impact on environment/overfishing/farming

The Super Green List

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has identified seafood that is “Super Green,” meaning that it is good for human health and does not harm the oceans. This list highlights options that are currently on the Seafood Watch “Best Choices” list, are low in environmental contaminants (below 216 parts per billion [ppb] mercury and 11 ppb PCBs) and are good sources of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (at least the daily minimum of 250 milligrams). This list is considered the “best of the best” and was last updated September 2010.

  • Albacore Tuna (troll- or pole-caught, from the U.S. or British Columbia)
  • Freshwater Coho Salmon (farmed in tank systems, from the U.S.)
  • Oysters (farmed)
  • Pacific Sardines (wild-caught)
  • Rainbow Trout (farmed)
  • Salmon (wild-caught, from Alaska)

Image: Ramon Grosso

A Seafood Lover’s Guide to Sustainable Fish Choices Art Poster Print by Brenda Gillespie, 24×36