Until recently, seaweed for most Americans was nothing but a nuisance, clinging to us as we swim in the ocean and stinking up the beach as it rots in the sun. This book takes the reader on a tour of seaweed, describing what seaweeds actually are - algae, not plants - and how people of different cultures have utilized them since prehistoric times.
Ole G. Mouritsen is professor of biophysics at the University of Southern Denmark. His previous books include Life-As a Matter of Fat and Sushi: Food for the Eye, the Body and the Soul. Mariela Johansen holds an MA in history and language. She lives in Vancouver.