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“While most books about oysters tell people what they want to hear, Shucked tells it like it is: the frigid winter days on the water with hands like popsicles, the backbreaking work, the anxiety of nurturing thousands of dollars' worth of oyster seed, the hard-partying nights. Erin Byers Murray captures the seasonal rhythms of the New England coast and the romance of one exceptional company's efforts to coax great food from the sea. You'll never take an oyster for granted again.” ―Rowan Jacobsen, author of A Geography of Oysters
“Part adventure, part memoir, part culinary awakening, Erin Byers Murray's rite of passage from novice to connoisseur takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the world of the oyster. On the way, she gives us pearls of wisdom and wit--both served up on the half shell. Cocktail sauce is optional but don't miss this book.” ―Christopher White, author of Skipjack: The Story of America's Last Sailing Oystermen
“Part of the book's charm is following Murray through the process of becoming aware of her surroundings in working directly with an edible product. Readers who enjoy Linda Greenlaw's writing...will appreciate Murray's offering of just enough information to allow them to become knowledgeable in all things oyster without overdoing it. ...Murray's portrayal of her personal response to life's changes and challenges will hold readers' interest. An entertaining and informative firsthand experience of the locavore movement.” ―Library Journal
“Murray's own love of food and food writing informs the narrative, and she skillfully dramatizes the scenes of summertime sowing and depicts her many colorful co-workers. Murray eschews poetic waxing on her subject and focuses closely on the action and the hard, hard work of farming, closing each chapter with a broad range of oyster recipes.” ―Publishers Weekly
“...a new understanding of locavorism and an appreciation for tradition.” ―The Sacramento Bee
ERIN BYERS MURRAY is a Boston area journalist, specializing in food and wine writing. Most recently, she was the Boston editor for DailyCandy.com. Her work as been published in the Boston Globe, Food and Wine, Boston Magazine, Bon Appetit, and many more. Visit her at shucked.wordpress.com.
What a great first effort for the author. Island Creek is one of my favorite oyster bars. This is a quick and easy read for people that have little interest in oysters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David
An interesting and detailed account of aquaculture processes and people who produce oysters commercially. Ms. Meyers presents a first person account her experiences. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Richard,printer
This is a excellent book for oyster lovers so they can learn what goes into putting the oyster on your plate. Read morePublished 8 months ago by peter bogar
Honest, engrossing read... wonderful to learn the backstory of Island Creek oysters recently relished in Seattle (thanks to The Walrus and Carpenter hosting Boston Chef Jeremy... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nana
Wonderful story of making life changes and creating journey to never stop dreaming big!Published 15 months ago by Ralph Alswang