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A practical and entertaining guide to crab biology, catching crabs, and cooking and eating them, full of detailed illustrations. -- — Gee Gee Rosell, The Island Breeze

An essential book for blue crab lovers. -- Doug Alderson, Florida Wildlife

Crab lovers will be thrilled by this guide on cooking, catching, picking, and eating crabs. -- Savannah Magazine

Crab lovers will feast their eyes on the contents of Blue Crabs: Catch ‘em, Cook ‘em, Eat ‘em. -- Topsail Voice

Fantastic reading and a must for any recreational crabber. Great recipes that take you away from simple pickin' and eatin'. -- Lee Tolliver, Outdoor Editor of The Virginia Pilot

I highly recommend the book to everyone. It is the best popular book on blue crabs that I have seen. -- Vince Guillory, blue crab scientist (Blue Crab Home Page website)

Takes away the mystery of crabbing, explains how easy and fun crabbing is, and makes it accessible to children. -- Robin Sutton, Coastwatch

The recipes are simply explained, well illustrated, and promise many great nights of feasting. -- A.T. Troxler, Beach Weekly News

This delightful family book includes everything from how to catch a crab to low fat recipes children can make themselves. -- Rebecca Jones, Wrightsville Beach Magazine

You'll be ready to head to the beach with some twine, a few chicken necks, and a dip net. -- Chris Powell, Wildlife in North Carolina

About the Author

Peter Meyer is a naturalist with an insatiable curiosity and natural affection for the environment.

Meyer has a strong academic background. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology from Miami (Ohio) University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Meyer subsequently received a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Ohio State University, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha (another academic honorary).

Dr. Peter Meyer is board-certified in the specialty of emergency medicine. He maintains a special interest in hazardous marine animals.

Peter Meyer is also a successful writer and publisher. Other books by the author include:

• Nature Guide to the Carolina Coast: Common Birds, Crabs, Shells, Fish, and other Entities of the Coastal Environment (a widely-acclaimed book about the environment and common plants and animals of the Carolina coast)

• You are the ER Doc! True-to-Life Cases for You to Treat (an entertaining, educational, and reader-interactive presentation of emergency medicine cases for the lay public)

• Medicalese: A Humorous Medical Dictionary (a tongue-in-cheek, humorous look at medicine and medical terminology)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Avian-Cetacean Pr; Singed edition (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962818631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962818639
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Proctor on February 21, 2008
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Last year I got a new obsession, crabbing. And when I say "obsession," it's not hyperbole - after I went on the docks in Long Island and New Jersey for the first time in July I was in crab overdrive for the next 3 months, only foiled when I wrecked my car on Southern State Parkway in October on my way out to the Captree docks. I then went into withdrawal and finally remission by Christmas, helped along by my current obsession - reading about crabs.

That said, I must say that most of the joy of crabbing is simply pulling up a trap and seeing what's in it (besides blue crabs, I caught spider crabs, leopard crabs, hermit crabs, puffers, croakers, baby bluefish and one summer fluke), so there's not much an instructional book can tell you. I'd even venture to say the subtitle "Catch `Em, Cook `Em, Eat `Em" conveys the necessary instructions sufficiently.

But the book did tell me a few things I didn't know from 3 months of crabbing, like some alternate methods of crabbing, like scapping (a fancy term for catching them with a net), trotlining, handlining (basically, throw a chicken leg out in a piece of string and pull it back when you feel a crab eating it) and seining. There a re also some recipes that sound worth a try, and some scientific information that was moderately fascinating - did you know, for example, that crabs are the marine equivalent of spiders, and the only reason they're bigger is that the water helps support the weight of their shell? Maybe you did, but I didn't. Hey, I was an English major.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dave Hough on January 22, 2006
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We bought this book last summer while vacationing on the Outer Banks. Using Blue Crabs, Catch `em, Cook `em, Eat `em, my family was able to catch plenty of crabs and prepare some very tasty meals. We were also able to learn all kinds of interesting things about blue crabs. The book is written in a clear and organized fashion, very reader-friendly. I recommend the book for families seeking a simple, enjoyable pastime which will provide lasting memories of beach vacations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marie A Quinlan on July 19, 2010
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What a great little book! I'm a crab-aholic and I thought that I knew a lot about blue crabs, but now I'm armed with even more information. You too can find out extra little tidbits about these fiesty, delectable creatures!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wallerish on July 12, 2013
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This is one of the best books I've ever read on the subject of catching and cleaning crabs. Every aspect is covered fully. Do what Peter Meyer says and you'll be the king of the crab fest!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ex-Phoneman on January 9, 2014
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A very informative and well written book on the subject of crabbing. It helped me help my scouts clean up and pick the meat after we cooked them. Thank You author, Peter Meyer.
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To be fair, there's no need to complicate something simple, but I'm left wanting a bit more guidance on where and how to find them. Otherwise lays out the basics well enough. Worth the purchase.
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By Talltimbersmd on December 7, 2012
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I bought this for a 12 year old who loves crabbing. The book is chatty and there are photos of children throughout. A perfect addition to a box of Crabbin' supplies.
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