The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell

The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell Author Mark Kurlansky
ISBN-10 0345476395
ISBN-13 9780345476395
Year 2007-01-09
Pages 336
Language English
Publisher Random House Trade Paperbacks
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Part treatise part miscellany unfailingly entertaining The New York Times A small pearl of a book a great tale of the growth of a modern city as seen through the rise and fall of the lowly oyster Rocky Mountain NewsAward winning author Mark Kurlansky tells the remarkable story of New York by following the trajectory of one of its most fascinating inhabitantsthe oyster For centuries New York was famous for this particular shellfish which until the early 1900s played such a dominant a role in the citys life that the abundant bivalves were Gothams most celebrated export a staple food for all classes and a natural filtration system for the citys congested waterways Filled with cultural historical and culinary insightalong with historic recipes maps drawings and photosthis dynamic narrative sweeps readers from the seventeenth century founding of New York to the death of its oyster beds and the rise of Americas environmentalist movement from the oyster cellars of the rough and tumble Five Points slums to Manhattans Gilded Age dining chambers With The Big Oyster Mark Kurlansky serves up history at its most engrossing entertaining and delicious Suffused with Kurlanskys pleasure in exploring the city across ground that hasnt already been covered with other writers footprints Los Angeles Times Book ReviewFascinating stuff Kurlansky has a keen eye for odd facts and natural detail The Wall Street JournalKurlansky packs his breezy book with terrific anecdotes Entertainment WeeklyMagnificent a towering accomplishment Associated Press

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