The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell
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The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell

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ISBN-13:
9780345476395
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.01.2007
Seiten:
307
Autor:
Mark Kurlansky
Gewicht:
245 g
Format:
204x134x19 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:
"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 NewsAward-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