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Kurlansky wrote his first book, A Continent of Islands, in 1992 and went on to write several more throughout the 1990s. His 1997 book Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World was an international bestseller and was translated into more than 15 languages. His work and contribution to Basque identity and culture was recognized in 2001 when the Society of Basque Studies in America named him to the Basque Hall of Fame. That same year, he was awarded an honorary ambassadorship from the Basque government.
As a teenager, Kurlansky called Émile Zola his "hero", and in 2009 he translated one of Zola's novels, The Belly of Paris, whose theme is the food markets of Paris.
Kurlansky's 2009 book The Food of a Younger Land, with the lengthy subtitle "A portrait of American food - before the national highway system, before chain restaurants, and before frozen food, when the nation's food was seasonal, regional, and traditional - from the lost WPA files", details American foodways in the early 20th century.
A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny (1992), Addison-Wesley Publishing. ISBN0-201-52396-5