By Rowan Jacobsen
“A wide-ranging, thorough, breezily written advisor to oysters as cuisine” (Boston Globe), A Geography of Oysters is the total advisor to knowing, serving, and savoring one among North America’s so much scrumptious foods—an Amazon better of the yr 2007 selection.
In this passionate, playful, and quintessential consultant, oyster aficionado Rowan Jacobsen takes readers on a tasty journey of the oysters of North the USA. sector via quarter, he describes every one oyster’s visual appeal, taste, starting place, and availability, in addition to explaining how oysters develop, the way to shuck them with no wasting a finger, how one can pair them with wine (not to say beer), and why they’re one of many few farmed seafoods which are reliable for the earth in addition to best for you. choked with significant recipes, maps, and pictures, plus lists of best oyster eating places, manufacturers, and gala's, A Geography of Oysters is either pleasant examining and the advisor that oyster fanatics of all types were looking forward to.
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A Geography of Oysters: The Connoisseur's Guide to Oyster Eating in North America by Rowan Jacobsen