A Geography of Oysters:
The Connoisseur's Guide to Oyster Eating in North America
Rowan Jacobsen founded the Oysterater blog (https://www.oysterater.com)and writes extensively of food and its relationship to the environment. He currently writes about biologically engineered food. He has received several awards for his writing, including James Beard award for A Geography of Oysters: The Connoisseur's Guide to Oyster Eating in North America. The book was also a finalist for the International Association of Cookbook Professionals Book of the Year and Amazon.com Editor's Pick: Best Food Books of the Year. I have aways had an interest in oysters - I suppose because of the widespread reluctance to eat them but I found the range of choices baffling and intimidating and had no idea of where to start. When confronted with choices of oysters, I placed myself in the hands of the server - "just pick me out some oysters." I bought this book in 2013 and realized quickly that this book is where to start and Rowan Jacobsen's website was a ready source of information. A quarter of the book introduces oysters - 12 to start with and why, the five species of oysters, how to taste an oyster, the environmental and sustainability of oyster farming and oyster folklore. He next gives the basics of North American oysters and the various regions and reviews 134 different oysters and his website provides reviews of over 300 oysters. He finishes up discussing wherre to get oysters, how to choose them, store them, shuck them, serve them and eat them, and how to pair oysters with wine and other drinks. Oysterater provides information on ordering fresh oysters. Jacobsen is an entertaining writer that will hook you on oysters and give you the tool to pursue your passion.
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