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Title:  The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell
Binding:  Paperback:336 pages
Author:  Mark Kurlansky
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (January 9, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345476395
ISBN-13: 9780345476395

Product Dimensions: 
5.2x0.8x8 inches
Category(ies) :  History
Shipping weights:  7.2 ounces
Price: RMB170.00
Reading level : 
BookDescription

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.



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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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