A Geography of Oysters: The Connoisseur's Guide to Oyster Eating in North America

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“A wide-ranging, thorough, breezily written guide to oysters as cuisine” (Boston Globe), A Geography of Oysters is the complete guide to understanding, serving, and savoring one of North America’s most delicious foods—an Amazon Best of the Year 2007 selection.

In this passionate, playful, and indispensable guide, oyster aficionado Rowan Jacobsen takes readers on a delectable tour of the oysters of North America. Region by region, he describes each oyster’s appearance, flavor, ...

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Overview

“A wide-ranging, thorough, breezily written guide to oysters as cuisine” (Boston Globe), A Geography of Oysters is the complete guide to understanding, serving, and savoring one of North America’s most delicious foods—an Amazon Best of the Year 2007 selection.

In this passionate, playful, and indispensable guide, oyster aficionado Rowan Jacobsen takes readers on a delectable tour of the oysters of North America. Region by region, he describes each oyster’s appearance, flavor, origin, and availability, as well as explaining how oysters grow, how to shuck them without losing a finger, how to pair them with wine (not to mention beer), and why they’re one of the few farmed seafoods that are good for the earth as well as good for you. Packed with fabulous recipes, maps, and photos, plus lists of top oyster restaurants, producers, and festivals, A Geography of Oysters is both delightful reading and the guide that oyster lovers of all kinds have been waiting for.

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"The most remarkable single-subject book to come along in a while…Jacobsen covers oysters in

exhaustive detail, but with writing so engaging and sprightly that reading about the briny darlings is almost as compulsive as eating them…this book will improve your oyster eating immeasurably…There may be no more pleasurable food than a raw oyster, there almost certainly is no better guide." —Los Angeles Times

"The ultimate macropedia for oysters." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Whether enjoyed on the half-shell raw — alive, actually — or fried, stewed, baked or pickled, the oyster has an appeal that is unique and perfectly captured by food writer Rowan Jacobsen." —Wall Street Journal

"Lively, lucid prose that should suck in even the most squeamish eaters."—BN.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596915480
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 9/16/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 212,504
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Rowan Jacobsen’s work has appeared in The Art of Eating, the New York Times, Culture & Travel, Saveur, Chow.com, NPR.org, and elsewhere. He is the author of Chocolate Unwrapped and Fruitless Fall. He grew up eating oysters in the steamy backwaters of rural Florida and now lives in the hills of Vermont with his wife and son.

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Table of Contents


How to Use This Book v Introduction 1 Mastering Oysters 9 A Dozen Oysters You Should Know 11 The Five Species 15 How to Grow an Oyster 27 The Taste of an Oyster: A Primer 45 Sustainability and the Environment: The Case for Oyster Aquaculture 55 What Kind of Oyster Eater Are You? 65 The Aphrodisiac Angle 70 The Oyster Appellations of North America 73 Navigating the World of Oyster Names 75 Maritime Provinces 79 Maine 95 Massachusetts and Rhode Island 105 New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut 119 Chesapeake 136 Gulf Coast 150 California and Oregon 157 Washington State 165 British Columbia and Alaska 198 International Waters 207 Everything You Wanted to Know About Oysters But Were Afraid to Ask 211 Shipping, Selecting, Storing, Shucking, Serving, and Savoring Your Oysters 213 Oyster Wines and Other Libations 228 Recipes 235 Safety 255 Nutrition 261 The Best Oyster Bars and Oyster Festivals 265 Growers Who Ship Direct 278 Updates to the Paperback Edition 283 Acknowledgments 295 Oyster Index 297
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