Consider the Oyster:
A Shucker's Field Guide
I bought this book in 2013 and look at it in August when we get close to months spelled with "r's". Patrick McMurray is a champion oyster shucker setting a world record in 2010 by shucking 38 oysters in less than a minute. He also owned Starfish Oyster Bed & Grill - Toronto's premier oyster bar - for thirteen years and then in 2015 changed it to Pearl Diver giving the place a homier vibe and replacing the fine wines with craft beer. In Consider the Oyster: A Shucker's Field Guide, Patrick McMurray gives an overview of oysters and their enjoyment, identifies the five major species (Crassostrea virginica, Crassostrea gigas, Crassostrea sikaema, Ostrea edulis, and Ostrea conchaphila), he organizes his descriptions of the different types of oysters by species and provides enough detail of the different kinds of oysters to help the oyster novice makes reasonable choices at oyster bars and seafood purveyors. McMurray provides a very useful oyster tasting wheel that will help you identify oyster flavors. The reader will also learn how to safely shuck an oyster and McMurray identifies some of the Wold's best places to eat oysters. The book is lavisly illustrated and McMurray is an engaging and entertaining writer making this a perfect intoduction to oysters and their enjoyment and it could be the only oyster book most people will need.
McMurray reviews several oyster knives and based on his review, I bought this knife and have used it for 8 years without impaling myself. McMurray thinks the handle is too soft because it twists in your hand when you are shucking 38 oysters a minute. I'm slow and the knife works fine and it is reasonably priced.