The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell

Kurlansky, Mark

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Synopsis: â Part treatise, part miscellany, unfailingly entertaining.â
â The New York Times

â 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.â
â 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 inhabitantsâ 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 cityâ s life that the abundant bivalves were Gothamâ s most celebrated export, a staple food for all classes, and a natural filtration system for the cityâ s congested waterways.

Filled with cultural, historical, and culinary insightâ along with historic recipes, maps, drawings, and photosâ this dynamic narrative sweeps readers from the seventeenth-century founding of New York to the death of its oyster beds and the rise of Americaâ s environmentalist movement, from the oyster cellars of the rough-and-tumble Five Points slums to Manhattanâ s Gilded Age dining chambers. With The Big Oyster, Mark Kurlansky serves up history at its most engrossing, entertaining, and delicious.

â Suffused with [Kurlanskyâ s] pleasure in exploring the city across ground that hasnâ t already been covered with other writersâ footprints.â
â Los Angeles Times Book Review

â Fascinating stuff . . . [Kurlansky] has a keen eye for odd facts and natural detail.â
â The Wall Street Journal

â Kurlansky packs his breezy book with terrific anecdotes.â
â Entertainment Weekly

â Magnificent . . . a towering accomplishment.â
â Associated Press

About the Author: 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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