Hog Island Oyster Lover's Handbook An Insider's Guide to Choosing, Preparing and Enjoying Oysters

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Seductive but standoffish, oysters ask that you get to know them a little before you can really enjoy them. How do you choose from among the dozens of varieties? How do you handle, shuck, and store them? Are they better cooked or raw? And are they really an aphrodisiac? Full of alluring recipes from topflight chefs, plus tasting notes and wine- and beer-pairing tips, the authoritative and accessible HOG ISLAND OYSTER LOVER'S COOKBOOK demystifies these enigmatic bivalves and provides the insider's scoop on serving...

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Overview

Seductive but standoffish, oysters ask that you get to know them a little before you can really enjoy them. How do you choose from among the dozens of varieties? How do you handle, shuck, and store them? Are they better cooked or raw? And are they really an aphrodisiac? Full of alluring recipes from topflight chefs, plus tasting notes and wine- and beer-pairing tips, the authoritative and accessible HOG ISLAND OYSTER LOVER'S COOKBOOK demystifies these enigmatic bivalves and provides the insider's scoop on serving them at home as well as ordering them in an oyster bar.

 The essential full-color companion to buying, shucking, cooking, and eating oysters, from the premier oyster company in North America. With more than 40 recipes for raw oyster toppings and cooked oyster dishes from chefs such as Bobby Flay, Alice Waters, Hiro Sone, and Cindy Pawlcyn. Includes 40 full-color sunlit photos from the Hog Island Oyster Farm (in Tomales Bay) and Bar (in San Francisco's Ferry Building), as well as styled food shots. The three million oysters that Hog Island raises annually are served at top restaurants around the country, including French Laundry, Charlie Trotter's, Grand Central Oyster Bar, and the Four Seasons.ReviewsOne of the Best Cookbooks of the Year-7 x 7 Magazine"A roadies guide to oysters and their history . . . Pomos recipes are brimming with exciting and thoughtful ideas."-New York Times Summer Cookbook Review"An opus for oyster lovers."-San Francisco Chronicle"If your family vacation this summer takes you to oyster country, either '¬´Back East or '¬´Out West, carry this convenient volume with you."-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"This book could be what legions of oyster fans who cant get enough in restaurants but hestitate to do the bivalve thing at home have been waiting for."-Baltimore Sun

 

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The Hog Island Oyster Company in Tomales Bay, CA, was started by two marine biologists in 1982 with a $500 loan from their parents; today, its oysters are highly prized in California and shipped all over the world. Pomo, Hog Island's "chef at large," provides the story of the company, a history of the oyster, and a guide to oyster varieties and handling oysters, along with 40 recipes ranging from Oysters with Classic Mignonette Sauce to Chez Panisse Oyster Stew. Her text is readable and informative, and there are color photographs throughout. For area libraries and most other seafood collections.


—Judith Sutton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580087353
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 4/9/2007
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 801,952
  • Product dimensions: 8.29 (w) x 8.33 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

JAIREMARIE POMO is chef-at-large for Hog Island Oyster Company and teaches oyster cooking classes in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also leads writing workshops out of her home in Inverness, California, just steps from Tomales Bay, where Hog Island oysters are grown.

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