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The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell
The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell
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Author: Kurlansky, Mark

Brand: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Color: Multicolor

Edition: Reprint

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  • Random House Trade

Number Of Pages: 336

Release Date: 09-01-2007

Details: Product Description “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 Review Advance praise for The Big Oyster “In his portrait of the once-famous oyster beds of New York Harbor, Kurlansky beautifully illustrates food’s ability to connect us deeply to our particular place in the world, and shows how our nourishment is so vitally tied to the health of the natural world.” –Alice Waters “Mark Kurlansky has done it again. The Big Oyster is a zesty love song to a bivalve and a city–intelligent, informative, and impossible to put down.” –Nathaniel Philbrick, National Book Award—winning author of In the Heart of the Sea Praise for Mark Kurlansky 1968: The Year That Rocked the World “Memorable, essential, and in its own way wondrous.” –The Boston Globe Salt: A World History “Bright writing and, most gratifyingly, an enveloping narrative.” –San Francisco Chronicle Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World “This eminently readable book is a new tool for scanning world history.” –The New York Times Book Review 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. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. A Molluscular Life Obviously, if you don’t love life, you can’t enjoy an oyster. —Eleanor Clark, The Oysters of Locmariaquer, 1959 In 1609, when Henry Hudson, a British explorer employed by the Dutch, sailed into New York Harbor on his eighty-five-foot ship, Halve Maen, with a half-British, half-Dutch crew of sixteen, he found the same thing Mackay would two and a half centuries later—a local population with the habit of feasting on excellent New York Harbor oysters. Hudson was a seventeenth-century man in search of a fifteenth-century dream. His employer, Holland, would soon be in its golden age, offering the world Rembrandt, the microscope, and the stock exchange, but not, as Hudson and his sponsors had hoped, a river through North America leading to China. A water route to Chinese trade replacing the long, arduous Silk Road was a great dream of the Renaissance. The only alternative ever found was in 1499 when Vasco

EAN: 9780345476395

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

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