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Big Oyster: A Molluscar History of New York
Big Oyster: A Molluscar History of New York

Our Price: $20.00
By Mark Kurlansky (au)
Year: 2006
Pages: 307
Binding Paperback
ISBN 9.78E+12

Product Code: 1437966942

From 1626 until pollution finally destroyed the beds in the 1920s, N.Y. was a city known for its oysters, especially in the late 1800s, when Europe and America enjoyed a decades-long oyster craze. Travelers to N.Y. were also keen to experience the famous N.Y. oyster houses. While some were known for their elegance, due to a long-standing belief in the aphrodisiac quality of oysters, they were often associated with prostitution. In 1842, when the novelist Charles Dickens arrived in N.Y., he could not conceal his eagerness to find and experience the fabled oyster cellars of N.Y. City’s slums. This is the story of a city and of an international trade. Filled with cultural, social and culinary insight, as well as recipes, maps, drawings and photos.

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