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New Trio from Island Creek

September 17th, 2017

Island Creek just started offering a Trio package of its three signature oysters: Island Creeks, Row 34s, and Aunt Dotty’s. All three are grown in Duxbury Bay from the same seed, but different microclimates and cultivation techniques result in three distinctly different oysters. It’s a master class in meroir! Full details and taste descriptions here. Move fast; they won’t last long.

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Oysters: A Love Story

August 20th, 2017

Great New York Times piece on oysters by Tejal Rao. Captures the essence of the attraction precisely.

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The Oyster Renaissance on CBS Sunday Morning

August 20th, 2017

With Skip Bennett, Bill Taylor, Sandy Ingber, and Yrs Trly. Nice job eating the oyster, Faith Salie! Taking one for the team…

 

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Great Interview on Oyster Photo Styling with Adrienne Anderson

August 11th, 2017

Julie Qiu has posted a spectacular interview with photo-styling guru Adrienne Anderson over at her In a Half Shell blog. Anderson did all the styling for The Essential Oyster and is well known for her enlightened, irreverent approach. The interview is full of great hands-on tips and other tasty nuggets to chew on, such as, “Don’t go coating your oysters with shellac or something just to make them shine. Show some respect to the oyster. Eat it when you’re done. If you’ve done something heinous to the creature just to get an image, it was not worth it.” For more of Anderson’s work, check out The Essential Oyster, but here’s the shot that Anderson mentioned as her favorite: Hama Hama oysters on a plank of Hama Hama cedar. (Photo by David Malosh)

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Bostonian Oysters 101

July 21st, 2017

Good intro to oysters from Boston’s top oyster chefs. All the advice is spot-on.

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