Cruising World

Diet for a Sustainabl­e Ecosystem: The Science for Recovering the Health of the Chesapeake Bay and its People, edited by Benjamin Cuker (Springer, 2020; $44 e-book)

- —Mark Pillsbury

Sailor, environmen­talist and Hampton University professor (and for full disclosure, longtime friend) Benjamin Cuker takes a unique look at his home waters of Chesapeake Bay by tracing the history of its economy and people through the lens of its food systems. Cuker is the editor and one of several authors contributi­ng to

Diet for a Sustainabl­e Ecosystem. Compiled as a textbook, it details how the arrival of settlers in 1607 set off a cascade of events that has led to the current environmen­tal state of the Chesapeake, the region’s economy, and the health of Americans and their diets. For sailors long used to the Bay’s watercraft, lighthouse­s, bridges and shores, it offers a distinctiv­e way of looking at and thinking about America’s largest estuary and how it might be preserved.

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