Jeremy Sewall and Marion Lear Swaybill Oysters: A Celebration in the Raw

Jeremy Sewall and Marion Lear Swaybill Oysters: A Celebration in the RawOysters:

A Celebration in the Raw

Jeremy Sewall and

Marion Lear Swaybill

Jeremy Sewall is the cheff and owner of the Island Creek Oyster Bar located in Burlington and Boston Massachusetts and was nominated for a James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year, authored a book on New England Cooking: The New England Kitchen: Fresh Takes on Seasonal Recipes, and also competed on Beat Bobby Flay. Marion Lear Swaybill is an Emmy award-winning television producer, media executive and author. Swaybill and Sewall teamed to write Oysters: A Celebration in the Raw packed with photography by Scott Snider. The book won the Readable Feast People's Choice Award, Best Culinary Book, 2016. The author's intoduction provides a brief sketch of oyster's fall from bountiful plentitude to less than 1% of its historical levels in 1970 and then its steady climb since. They provide a good discussion of the importance of location and why with oysters merroir - the nautical version of terroir - is everything and how not only merroir effects taste bus so does season. they also provide a list of words to describe the flavors of oysters that are very useful guides in exploring an oyster's flavor. Most modern oysters are farmed and for oyster this is a good thing. Sewall and Swaybill describe the importance of the oysterman's in bringing a quality oyster to market. Two page reviews of 54 oysters make up the bulk of the book. The reviews include the name of the oyster, where it is from, its grower and a brief description of the oyster and its flavor. There are two pages of pictures of each oyster showing top, bottom, side and open. The book concludes with some oyster stories and anecdotes. The book is a quick, but enjoyable read. It is well written, lavishly illustrated and provides some essential information on oysters. The oyster reviews should provide information on the availability of the oysters. The 54 oysters reviews are a small proportion of those currently available in North America - https://www.oysterater.com provides reviews on over 300 oysters and https://www.oysterguide.com reviews 301 oysters. Efforts by states and local governments to reestablish oyster beds along the east coast mean that new oysters are hitting the market every year. I suspect that the specific oysters are easier to obtain on the east coast.

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