The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell
ISBN: 0345476395
EAN13: 9780345476395
Language: English
Pages: 307
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 8.00" L x 5.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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 News Award-winning author Mark Kurlansky tells the remarkable story of New York by following the trajectory of one of its most fascinating inhabitants-the oyster. For centuries New York was famous for this particular shellfish, which until the early 1900s played such a dominant a role in the city's life that the abundant bivalves were Gotham's most celebrated export, a staple food for all classes, and a natural filtration system for the city's congested waterways. Filled with cultural, historical, and culinary insight-along with historic recipes, maps, drawings, and photos-this dynamic narrative sweeps readers from the seventeenth-century founding of New York to the death of its oyster beds and the rise of America's environmentalist movement, from the oyster cellars of the rough-and-tumble Five Points slums to Manhattan's Gilded Age dining chambers. With The Big Oyster , Mark Kurlansky serves up history at its most engrossing, entertaining, and delicious. Suffused with Kurlansky's] pleasure in exploring the city across ground that hasn't already been covered with other writers' footprints. - Los Angeles Times Book Review Fascinating stuff . . . Kurlansky] has a keen eye for odd facts and natural detail. - The Wall Street Journal Kurlansky packs his breezy book with terrific anecdotes. - Entertainment Weekly Magnificent . . . a towering accomplishment. - Associated Press