The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell (Paperback)

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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 N...

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    Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling and James A. Beard Award—winning author of Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, Salt: A World History, 1968: The Year That Rocked the World, and The Basque History of the World, as well as Boogaloo on 2nd Avenue (his debut novel), and several other books. He lives in New York City.


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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

    Specs

    Dimensions 9.0x6.45x0.75
    ISBN 9780345476395
    Genre HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
    Format Paperback
    Pages 307
    Publisher Date 2007-01-09 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Random House Inc
    Copyright Year 2007
    Height 8.0 in
    Wdth 5.2 in
    Thickness 0.65 in
    Unit weight 0.5 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle History on the Half Shell
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Kurlansky, Mark

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