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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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Everything You Wanted to Know About Wet-Storage

June 27th, 2017

Julie Qiu just published an excellent piece on the wet-storage controversy on her In a Half Shell blog. For those who don’t know, wet-storage is the practice of storing oysters in tanks of circulating water post-harvest. Why would you do such a thing? Because it keeps them super-fresh right up until the last moment. Why wouldn’t you do such a thing? Because oysters draw much of their flavor from the water they grow in, and that distinctiveness gets diluted in wet-storage. Julie explores the pros and cons with some of the most knowledgeable people in the biz. Be sure to read the comments from some heavy hitters.

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