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Consider the Oyster: A Shucker's Field Guide Hardcover – December 10, 2007


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (December 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312377363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312377366
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Patrick McMurray is an icon among the oyster cult of North America. Not only is he one of the world's elite competitive oyster shuckers...he operates Starfish--a fabulous oyster bar in Toronto, he grow oysters, he writes about oysters with passion and joy, and he, most likely, has just penned the new 'oyster bible.' This 'field guide' is a must own for all kinds of oyster lovers, from the casual enthusiast to the enlightened, life-long devotee."--Jasper White, chef/owner of Summer Shack and author of Lobster at Home and Jasper White's Cooking from New England

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OYSTERS ARE SEXY. LET’S AGREE ON THAT RIGHT AWAY.

But there’s much more to the oyster than simply its legendary power as an aphrodisiac. And that’s what you’ll find inside this charming field guide to oysters by oyster purveyor and champion shucker Patrick McMurray.

Rich in history and lore, CONSIDER THE OYSTER weaves together anecdotes from the author’s experiences as a restaurateur and competitive shucker with practical information on everything from opening oysters with finesse (and a minimum of personal injury!) to planning an oyster party, finding the best oyster bars and ordering hard-to-get bivalves on the Internet.

You’ll also meet the people who grow and export oysters — from the coast of Ireland to the shores of Cape Cod and everywhere in between — and you’ll find yourself longing to taste some of the more than fifty varieties that McMurray details with loving enthusiasm. Wellfleets, Malpeques, Irish Flats, Fines de Claires, Royal Courtesans... They’re all here, just waiting to be discovered and savored as never before.

PATRICK McMURRAY, the owner of Starfish Oyster Bed & Grill in Toronto, can still remember the thrill of his first oyster at the age of sixteen — “cold, sweet and salty, like the ocean.” Years later, he’s still hooked on oysters and spends part of each year traveling to oyster competitions and food festivals around the globe. He also enjoys guest-shucking at oyster establishments large and small, and was recently spotted at the Grand Central Oyster Bar in New York City.

In 2002, McMurray shucked his way to the title of world champion at the Galway International Oyster Festival in Ireland. Perhaps the Starfish challenge best explains the place that oysters and oyster competitions have in Patrick McMurray’s heart: “100 Malpeque Oysters. 100 Canadian Dollars. 100 Adelaide Street East [the Starfish address]. I dare you. Patrick.”

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. M. Mckergow on November 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This excellent book, very nicely produced with colour illustrations, presents Toronto-based oyster shucker supreme Patrick McMurray's wisdom about oysters - where they come from, the different species, how to open them, and a great selection of top oyster houses around the world. An ideal present for the seafood lover in your life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph W Kahiapo on June 23, 2013
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OK I liked the pictures the most. I love oysters, but I'm a novice in knowledge when it comes to oysters. Living in Hawaii, I have to wonder why there isn't a thriving oyster colony living near by. It appears all our oysters are imported, and the local food marts have a limited selection. This was a good start in getting a general background. I confess my wife and I stumbled into the Boston Union oyster bar years ago and I really didn't appreciate the historical value at the time. Anyway, I plan to test the waters and have some oysters fedexed in. I also have a fantasy of opening my own hole in the wall oyster bar. Joe's Oyster Bar or Mililani Middens. Yes my name is Joe. And yes I'm living in Mililani.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Frehs on May 6, 2011
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Great good, well written, excellant photos and information. Nice how to do steps for choosing the right tools for shucking and the proper way to open oysters. Discribes all the different varieties of oysters.
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By P. Mulloy on April 4, 2014
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This is an engaging, well written book supported by good photography to introduce you to the wonderful world of oysters. The author tells you how to open, eat and evaluate oysters and gives you some idea of what kind to order and what to drink with them. I've enjoyed it thoroughly.
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