“An in-depth guide that is also a highly enjoyable read…Humorous, crafty, and deeply informative.” –Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
“The ultimate macropedia for oysters, covering not just geography, but also philosophy, consumerism, epicurean splendor and the proper way to grow a pearl… a movable feast up and down the east and west coasts of North America.”
– Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“One of the most remarkable single-subject books to come along in a while…Jacobsen covers oysters in exhaustive detail, but with writing so engaging and sprightly that reading about the briny darlings is almost as compulsive as eating them…this book will improve your oyster eating immeasurably…There may be no more pleasurable food than a raw oyster, there almost certainly is no better guide.”—Los Angeles Times, Russ Parsons
“A wide-ranging, thorough, breezily written guide to oysters as cuisine…Jacobsen leads with his fearless palate every time.” —Boston Globe
“A Geography of Oysters has oyster prose leaping off the page and into the oyster-lover’s imagination. It is a great read…a must-have for my library…I’ve never met Rowan Jacobsen, but we are brothers under the skin.” —David Rosengarten
About the Book
Considered one of the great sensual foods since the time of ancient Rome, eaten in North America since its earliest human habitation, oysters are now seeing an American renaissance. In this passionate, playful, and indispensable guide, longtime oyster aficionado Rowan Jacobsen takes readers on a delectable tour of the oysters of North America. Region by region, he describes each oyster’s appearance, flavor, origin, and availability, as well as explaining how oysters grow, how to shuck them without losing a finger, how to pair them with wine (not to mention beer), and why they’re one of the only kinds of farmed seafood that are actually good for the earth as well as good for you. Packed with fabulous oyster recipes, maps, photos, and a color guide, plus lists of top oyster restaurants, producers, and festivals, A Geography of Oysters is both delightful reading and the guide that oyster lovers of all kinds have been waiting for.