The Big Oyster:
History on the Half Shell
In The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell New York time best selling author and James Beard Award winner for his book Cod, Mark Kurlansky tells the story of new York City though the lens of its once bountiful oyster beds - at one time the most productive in the world. As late as the early 1900s, according to Kurlansky, New York was known for its oyster exports and numerous oyster bars and post dining parlors fed the New York population. The book tells the story of the impact of the oyster on New York and the impact of technology, idustrialization on the oyster beds and how New York eventually destroyed this once limitless resource. Kurlansky takes us from the areas' original inhabitants to the modern day and from the death of the oyster beds to the modern environmental movement. Through his story we meet numerous colorful characters and get a fascinating view of the life and development of New York. He weaves an interesting story with important lessons on our relationship to our natural resources. I highly recommend this book.