Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times–bestselling author of 24 books, including Ready For a Brand New Beat: How "Dancing in the Street" Became the Anthem for a Changing America; Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World; Salt: A World History; Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man; 1968: The Year That Rocked the World; The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell; The Last Fish Tale; The Food of a Younger Land; The Eastern Stars, and Edible Stories. He lives in New York City.