Big Oyster History on the Half Shell

ISBN-10: 0345476395

ISBN-13: 9780345476395

Edition: N/A

Authors: Mark Kurlansky

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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 "
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/9/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.20" wide x 8.00" long x 0.65" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Mark Kurlansky is the author of The Basque History of the World, the New York Times bestseller Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World (among the New York Public Library's Best Books of the Year in 1998), as well as A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry; A Continent of Islands: Searching for the Caribbean Destiny, and several acclaimed works of short fiction and journalism about the Caribbean. He spent seven years as the Caribbean correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. He lives in New York City.

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