The Big Oyster: A Molluscular History of New York

The Big Oyster: A Molluscular History of New York

Mark Kurlansky


whilst Peter Minuit received ny for $24 in 1626 he confirmed his shrewdness via additionally deciding to buy the oyster beds off tiny, close by Oyster Island, renamed Ellis Island in 1770.

From the Minuit buy till toxins ultimately destroyed the beds within the Nineteen Twenties, manhattan was once a urban identified for its oysters, specially within the past due 1800s, whilst Europe and the USA loved a decades-long oyster craze. In a doubtful endorsement, William Makepeace Thackeray acknowledged that consuming a brand new York oyster used to be like consuming a toddler.

Travellers to manhattan have been additionally willing to event the well-known manhattan oyster homes. whereas a few have been identified for his or her attractiveness, as a result of a longstanding trust within the aphrodisiac caliber of oysters, they have been usually linked to prostitution. In 1842, whilst the novelist Charles Dickens arrived in big apple, he couldn't disguise his eagerness to discover and event the fabled oyster cellars of latest York City's slums.

The colossal Oyster is the tale of a urban and of a global trade.Filled with cultural, social and culinary perception - in addition to recipes, maps, drawings and images - this is often historical past at its such a lot engrossing, wonderful and scrumptious.

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