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Sex, Death and Oysters: A Half-Shell Lover's World Tour

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  118 ratings  ·  21 reviews
When award-winning Texas food writer Robb Walsh discovers that the local Galveston Bay oysters are being passed off as Blue Points and Chincoteagues in other parts of the country, he decides to look into the matter. Thus begins a five-year journey into the culture of one of the world’s oldest delicacies. Walsh’s through-the-looking-glass adventure takes him from oyster ree
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I enjoyed the first half of this book, but by the end, it was a chose to finish. Although each place he traveled to was fascinating and an interesting history related to oysters, the book's format became something like: "and then I went here and ate oysters. Then I went here and ate oysters. Then I went here and ate oysters. . ." Just stopped caring.

Also, I was disappointed that the author made light of the environmental impacts. Both in the overall destruction of oyster beds across the globe an
Aurore Labenheim
Awesome info for the oyster lover that I am. Being in the Midwest it is really hard to find oysters in their prime and a lot of the ones I had in the past in Chicago were flavorless. I always thought that the smaller oysters of the West Coast were the only ones that could provide this salty, briny flavor I love si much to balance the sweetness of the meat. I now know it has everything to do with seasonality. Great food book, filled with recipes and good addresses.
This book is a great guide to oysters for novices and more experienced oyster lovers alike. I was given it as a gift with Hog Island Oyster Lover's Handbook: An Insider's Guide to Choosing, Preparing and Enjoying Oysters Each chapter focuses on a different oyster destination and their different types of oysters and they are explained through interesting personal narratives and anecdotes. Some of the locations the book touches upon include California, France, England, Ireland, and Canada. I'd hig ...more
Tony Espy

This is a good read for anyone who loves oysters. The author travels around the world tasting local oysters, talking to people in the oyster business, and sharing tales of festivals, parties, recipes, and bars/restaurants. He also discusses myths and traditions of the various oyster cultures around the world.

I honestly would've given the book four stars, however as the author skipped New England almost completely ( except for a chapter on Long Island Sound / Norwalk, CT ), three it is... Finally

Joie Mikitson
Food writers, sheesh. Mr Walsh, you love your new wife and you love Texas, I get it, but this book was supposed to be about oysters, not a rambling ode to your own tastes and wit. I wanted a micro-history about my delicious little obsessions that taste like the ocean, and instead I got rambling, conversational bias. I found myself actively distrusting and even disliking the author by the end, though he is quite possibly a lovely person in real life. Although there definitely are some interesting ...more
As much as I enjoyed reading about Walsh's travels all over in pursuit of the most delicious oysters -- THANK YOU, Robb Walsh, for sticking up for our beloved Gulf oysters! As a reader of the Houston Press, I've followed Walsh's writing for years, and this book did not disappoint, either in its scope or its sheer joy. I love oysters, and I love how this book made me love them more.
Never thought I would learn this much about oysters in my lifetime. I'm still not sure if I am any more or less inclined to eat them, but I will certainly never look at an oyster bar menu the same way again. I must say, my favorite thing that I gleaned from this impassioned foodie tale is the word aquaculture. I plan to start using it frequently.
Since I've been to Le Dome, the Acme Oyster House, Zuni Cafe and Casamento's, this book really resonated for me. I also enjoy oysters so it was very educational. As a former resident of Houston, I read Walsh's restaurant reviews and always enjoyed them. He's very open minded, adventurous and fun loving. It was a lot of fun to read.
Donna Jo Atwood
I don't know what made me pick up this book--I take that back. The title made me do it. I don't like oysters, but this book had my saliva flowing. This is a combination travel book, oyster business guide, and cook book.
I found the writing entertaining and the info interesting. I still don't like oysters.
Great stories and tour of the oyster's world- from ocean to plate. Now, I will be far more curious as to the real origin of those Blue Points and the trendy name brand oysters. The book's recipes also looked intriguing and I must say that I now want to make a winter trip to Galveston to bring back a bag of oysters.
I've eaten raw oysters only once in my life, and found it similar to swallowing phlegm with Tabasco sauce -- but Robb Walsh still made me hungry for the little suckers, and if that isn't the mark of a good food writer, I don't know what is. (read for Popdose review)
I wasn't sure if I could "stomach" a whole book about oysters, but this was very entertaining. More a travel book that centered on oysters, it is well worth a read esp. if you are in a location/culture that prizes oyster consumption.
Walsh is an edgy, refreshingly unpretentious voice in food writing, and I hope to encounter more of his work. I only skimmed this, but particularly enjoyed its visual guide to the world's five different species of oysters.
Considering what's happening right now in the Gulf of Mexico with this horrible oil spill - this is great book to pick up and see how horribly effected by this disaster the oyster farmers and fishermen are going to be.
Educational and informative, but tended to be dull at times. Would only recommend to those interested in replicating a similar foodie adventure that criss crosses the globe.
Jada Tullos
Entertaining and educational. Robb Walsh did a great job going into the science as well as the oyster cult(ure). Good Texas author!
A great tour of bivalves around the world. If you think you know your oysters, think again and read this book for some great insight.
Awesome in the beginning. Turned repetitive. Interesting concept and learn a lot, just couldn't hold my interest in finishing.
Mar 28, 2010 Andrew rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Food fiends
Really cool overview and exploration of my favorite food. Learned a whole hell of a lot.
learned alot. want to go to Galway Oyster Festival!
I plan to re-read this book...

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Robb Walsh is the author of four previous Texas cookbooks, including The Tex-Mex Cookbook. He is also the food critic for the Houston Press.

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