The Big Oyster

The Big Oyster

History on the Half Shell

Book - 2007
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Before New York City was the Big Apple, it could have been called the Big Oyster. Author Kurlansky tells the remarkable story of the oyster, whose influence on the great metropolis remains unparalleled. For centuries New York was famous for its oysters, Gotham's most celebrated export, a staple food for the wealthy, the poor, and tourists alike, and the primary natural defense against pollution for the city's congested waterways. Filled with cultural, historical, and culinary insight, from the island hunting ground of the Lenape Indians to the death of the oyster beds and the rise of America's environmentalist movement, here are the stories behind Peter Stuyvesant's peg leg and Robert Fulton's "Folly"; the oyster merchant and pioneering African American leader Thomas Downing; the birth of the business lunch at Delmonico's; early feminist Fanny Fern, one of the highest-paid newspaper writers in the city; and even "Diamond" Jim Brady--Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2007, ©2006.
Edition: Random House trade pbk ed.
ISBN: 9780345476395
Branch Call Number: 641.694 KUR
641.694 KUR
Characteristics: xx, 307 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm

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JasmineR96
Mar 19, 2018

For a topic that could be quite mundane, Kurlansky writes up this tale of oysters in the northeastern states in such a narrative that will lead you to read further!

ser_library Mar 16, 2014

an excellent history and tale of oysters, environment and New York / New Jersey

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