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The Big Oyster by Mark Kurlansky
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Jul 04, 11

bookshelves: american-history, economics, food, natural-history

It's hard to believe New York City was the center of a world-class oyster fishery. Those days are long gone, perhaps for generations if ever again. In this book Kurlansky (who took on Cod some years ago) reviews the sorry record from seemingly limitless fishing to the waste-wracked present, giving great understanding to each infuriating step downhill. It's a wonderfully constructed tale, and with it come interesting recipes for oysters going back to Dutch days! Highly recommended...
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