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New. Signed by author. Tight binding with clean text. New. Signed by author on title page. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 307 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. "Part treatise, part miscellany, unfailingly entertaining." "-The New York Times " "A small pearl of a book...a great tale of the growth of a modern city as seen through the rise and fall of the lowly oyster." "-Rocky Mountain News" Award-winning author Mark Kurlansky tells the remarkable story of New York by following the trajectory of one of its most fascinating inhabitants-the oyster. For centuries New York was famous for this particular shellfish, which until the early 1900s played such a dominant a role in the city's life that the abundant bivalves were Gotham's most celebrated export, a staple food for all classes, and a natural filtration system for the city's congested waterways. Filled with cultural, historical, and culinary insight-along with historic recipes, maps, drawings, and photos-this dynamic narrative sweeps readers from the seventeenth-century founding of New York to the death of its oyster beds and the rise of America's environmentalist movement, from the oyster cellars of the rough-and-tumble Five Points slums to Manhattan's Gilded Age dining chambers. With "The Big Oyster, " Mark Kurlansky serves up history at its most engrossing, entertaining, and delicious. "Suffused with [Kurlansky's] pleasure in exploring the city across ground that hasn't already been covered with other writers' footprints."-"Los Angeles Times Book Review" "Fascinating stuff...[Kurlansky] has a keen eye for odd facts and natural detail."-"The Wall Street Journal" "Kurlansky packs his breezy book with terrific anecdotes."-"Entertainment Weekly" "Magnificent...a towering accomplishment."-"Associated Press "
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