Sex, Death and Oysters:
A Half-Shell Lover's World Tour
Robb Walsh writes about food, writes cookbooks, owns a restaurant and splits his time living in Galveston, Texas and Galway Bay, Ireland. He has won two James Beard Awards for his food writing, an award for Best Radio Segment, and has received 10 James Beard nominations for food writing. Over the past several years as oysters have regained their popularity and take their place as an elite food, they have also generated a lot of myth and BS. Sex, Death and Oysters: A Half-Shell Lover's World Tour is Robb Walsh's five year romp through the world of oysters and he tears his way through all the hype. He starts by discovering that oysters from Galveston Bay are being sold in exclusive points north as Blue Points. He sheds light on the various prejudices between oyster places of origins and also gives us a view of the various aspects of the industry from those who farm and harvest oysters to those who sell and market oysters to those who serve them - from dock side shacks to some of the world's most elegant food purveyors. Walsh also makes his way to some of the world's most storied oyster festivals and competitions and introduces us to some of the oyster world's most interesting characters and their opinions. This is a fun book that I would read even if I didn't care much for oysters. Walsh tells a good story and in the process you learn a lot about oysters. I enjoyed the book thoroughly and recommend it to anyone interested in an entertaining read or wanting to know more about oysters.