In mark kurlanskys wonderful book the big oyster history on the half shell we learn about the bivalve bounty that once existed off the shores of manhattan kurlansnky writes by 1880 new york was the undisputed capital of historys greatest oyster boom in its golden age which lasted until at least 1910 the oyster beds of the new york area were producing 700 million oysters a year the . The big oyster traces the intertwined history of oysters and the city of new york from the earliest dutch colonial settlements all the way to to the end of the 19th 20th including the epilogue century these bivalved delicacies have filled bellies made fortunes and according to kurlansky built the worlds most central entrepot. Before new york city was the big apple it could have been called the big oyster now award winning author mark kurlansky tells the remarkable story of new york by following the trajectory of one. Before new york city was the big apple it could have been called the big oyster author kurlansky tells the remarkable story of the oyster whose influence on the great metropolis remains unparalleled. The big oyster is a zesty love song to a bivalve and a city intelligent informative and impossible to put down nathaniel philbrick national book award winning author of in the heart of the sea praise for mark kurlansky 1968 the year that rocked the world
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