Item #264253 The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell. Mark Kurlansky.

The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell

Random House Trade Paperbacks, January 2007. Trade Paperback. Used - Very Good. Item #264253
ISBN: 0345476395

"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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