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Sex, Death and Oysters: A Half-Shell Lover's World Tour Hardcover – January 20, 2009
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Everywhere he travels Walsh approaches his molluscan subject in the manner of his previous work, be it Texas barbecue, cowboy cooking or Tex-Mex. That is, food in the context of a region's culture, its identity and social history, as well as the food itself and how to prepare it. He visits with restaurateurs, he talks to experts and people in the business of oyster culture, he goes to festivals, he rides on oyster boats (he was on an oyster lug in Galveston Bay when it got raided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for harvesting violations). The result is a captivating mix of biology and ecology, history, cantankerous personalities, love story and personal odyssey.
His girlfriend and later wife, Kelly, accompanies him on many of his travels. Walsh diplomatically discusses the valdity of the claim of oysters' aphrodisiac power. (Walsh tends toward the belief that they are an aphrodisiac, but concedes that further "undercover" research is needed.) Walsh skillfully captures the eccentricity, indeed, the weirdness, of people whose lives revolve around the oyster.Read more ›
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This is one of my favorite books of all time... and I read books... a lot... I started reading, and started laughing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rayna Layne
This book about one of my favorite foods includes history, recipes, oyster culture and varieties is a treasure trove!Published 13 months ago by R. T. Tedrow
Robb Walsh walked the walk...and travelled the world to taste and understand oysters. It's worth a purchase to just use as a travel guide, let alone a fun read. Read + Eat.Published on September 18, 2013 by Condimented
Walsh creates an interesting journey of his global search for oysters and delivers it in a clear, approachable style typical of his Houston Press reviewsPublished on January 23, 2013 by Walter The Woodlands
This book is the perfect mix of pleasure reading and scientific information. Walsh takes his readers on a world-wide oyster tasting tour. Read morePublished on June 22, 2011 by Rosetta Stone
This book is great as a travelogue as well as a discussion of oysters. The author acknowledges a clear Texas bias, but he is also a fan of many other oysters and oyster locations... Read morePublished on January 25, 2010 by R. Fields
I'm a big Robb Walsh fan, and a big oyster fan, so this book is a natural for me. Walsh's conversational writing style might not be for everyone, but I thoroughly enjoy it. Read morePublished on January 17, 2010 by Jim W.