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Lobster (Animal) [NOOK Book]

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What do you know about the knobbly armoured, scarlet creature staring back at you from your fancy dinner plate? Since there are species of lobsters without claws, then what exactly is a lobster? To answer these questions Richard J. King, a former fishmonger and commercial lobsterman, has chronicled the creature's long and complex history.
Lobster takes us on a journey through the history, biology, cuisine and culture of lobsters, and their economic and environmental status ...
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Lobster (Animal)

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Overview

What do you know about the knobbly armoured, scarlet creature staring back at you from your fancy dinner plate? Since there are species of lobsters without claws, then what exactly is a lobster? To answer these questions Richard J. King, a former fishmonger and commercial lobsterman, has chronicled the creature's long and complex history.
Lobster takes us on a journey through the history, biology, cuisine and culture of lobsters, and their economic and environmental status worldwide. King describes how the lobster is an international commodity, and how the American lobster fishery is arguably one of the last healthy wild fisheries left on Earth. The author describes the evolution of technologies to capture these creatures, and addresses the ethics of boiling them alive. He also explores the salacious lobster palaces of the 1920s, as well as the animal's thousand-year status as an aphrodisiac, and how it has inspired numerous artists, writers and thinkers including Aristotle, Dickens, Thoreau, Dalí and Woody Allen.
Lobster is an essential read for anyone with an appetite for the world's best-known and most delicious crustacean. In this carefully researched and highly readable account for both the scholar and the more casual reader, King travels from Hawaii to Maine, and from Scotland to Western Australia, to describe the human connection with the lobster, from ocean bottom to buttery plate.
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Editorial Reviews

Dawn Drzal
King's witty and erudite portrait, illustrated with a wealth of images that demonstrate his passionate knowledge of his subject, may leave us feeling that the lobster deserves to be treated with more dignity. But provided our dinner has been traditionally caught, rapidly delivered and responsibly prepared, this book should only enhance our enjoyment.
—The New York Times
Chronicle of Higher Education

“All of the books [in the Animal series] proceed from a common set of assumptions about the power and shape of overlapping cultural and natural histories and semiotic systems that each animal musters in our collective imaginary encounters with them. You might think of them as sample chapters taken from a bigger unwritten textbook put together by an editorial team of Konrad Lorenz, Clifford Geertz, Donna Haraway, and Walt Disney—a hodgepodge collection of multi-angled perspectives that constitute the loose set of disciplines that make up animal studies. In emphasizing that the story of the animal is always the story of animal-human relations, they are reminders of Claude Lévi-Straus's admonition that animals are ‘good to think.’”—Chronicle of Higher Education, on the Animal series

Gastronomica

“King clearly loves his subject. He spins a good yarn (weaving together taxonomy, fishing methods, lobster history, future threats to lobster stocks, and lobsters in art, poetry, legend, and popular culture), aided along the way by well-chosen illustrations.”

Natural History

“Sit back and savor this book of lobsteriana with a glass of white zinfandel and a shore dinner. Just be careful not to drip any melted butter on the pages—others in the family will want to read it, too.”

New York Times Book Review

“[An] elegant little history of the world’s pre-eminent crustacean. . . . King’s witty and erudite portrait, illustrated with a wealth of images that demonstrate his passionate knowledge of his subject, may leave us feeling that the lobster deserves to be treated with more dignity. But provided our dinner has been traditionally caught, rapidly delivered and responsibly prepared, this book should only enhance our enjoyment.”

Portland Press Herald

Lobster is the latest in a series of books dissecting the life histories of various animals . . . There are no recipes, but you’ll learn about other lobster species worldwide and how they are used for food, and see lots of fun lobster-related memorabilia, from a lobster telephone to photos of naked women (one with Salvador Dali) with lobsters covering their private parts.”

Sierra
 

“Lobster takes its readers on a thoroughly researched, engagingly written tour of the anatomy of both the creature and our imaginings of it. The lobster, King explains, has existed simultaneously as the poor man’s bread and the rich man’s butter for centuries — a symbol of both hard life and decadence, as illustrated by the book’s rich offering of glossy 19th-century anatomical drawings, water-colored portraits, and photographs of seamen at work, trawling for ‘bugs.’”

Toronto Star

“The 41st title in one of our favourite series, the small, short but richly illustrated Animal books from Reaktion, is Lobster. Joining a roster that so far ranges alphabetically and in size of subject from Ant to Whale, Lobster considers the tasty crustacean’s culinary, natural and social history.”

Wall Street Journal

“In Lobster, Richard King, a self-proclaimed ‘lobsterologist’ (a word he invented, I think—I love it), offers a more personal excursion into the subject . . . Mr. King also introduces a great deal of cultural history, touching on a broad range of topics related to lobsters, including the lives of fishermen (or lobstermen, as we call them in New England), lobster-fishing techniques, and the role of lobsters in art . . . skillfully written.”

— Jasper White

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861899941
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/11/2012
  • Series: Animal
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 11 MB
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Meet the Author

Richard J. King is a lecturer in literature of the sea at the Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. He has written widely on maritime culture and literature.

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Table of Contents

1. What is a Lobster?
2. Dissecting a Bug
3. Ancient, Giant and Plentiful
4. Building a Better Lobster Trap
5. To Boil or Not to Boil
6. Lobster Tales
7. Feelers

Timeline References Bibliography Associations and Websites Acknowledgements Photo Acknowledgements Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    skorpiodusa plus zeus th the game yu-gi-oh and a goblin earrior warrior and a piece of tissue paper plus a booger and mix it all together and you get a gigantic booger stuck between the crack of teinas ass

    I love jerry j king books because they really express emotions and make it feel like your inside the story and just give you a huge expirience

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