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A Geography of Oysters by Rowan Jacobsen
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Nov 16, 11

Read from November 05 to 16, 2011

Did you know oysters are mobile and have some visual acuity early in their lives, but then voluntarily give up locomotion and sight? Or that they are sequential hermaphrodites that can change sex from year to year? Are you familiar with the nuances of "merroir"? (Think "terroir" for sea-dwellers.) This is the so-called Oyster Bible, and it will tell you everything you want (or didn't want) to know about the bivalve. I picked it up only because my boss handed it to me, but it was actually highly entertaining. About 2/3 of the book is descriptions of individual oyster varieties, but even these are fun to skim through. If you are a budding ostreaphile, this is the must-have guidebook. And if not, you can just go shuck yourself.
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