Oyster (Reaktion Books - Animal)

Oyster (Reaktion Books - Animal)

Rebecca Stott


As all people is aware, oysters are the last word aphrodisiac. Casanova is expounded to have eaten 50 uncooked oysters each morning along with his mistress of the instant, in a bath designed for 2. even if oysters actually have fascinating houses is open to discuss, yet like every seafoods, they comprise excessive quantities of phosphorus and iodine, that are believed to be conducive to stamina. writer and foodstuff specialist M.F.K. Fisher wrote: "There are many the explanation why an oyster is meant to have this fascinating caliber . . . such a lot of them are physiological, and feature to do with an oyster’s odour, its consistency, and doubtless its strangeness."

As good as an aphrodisiac, the oyster has because the earliest occasions been an concept to philosophers, artists, poets, cooks, gourmets, epicures and jewellers. it's been pursued through poachers and thieves, and defended through oyster-police and parliaments.

In Oyster, literary historian and radio broadcaster Rebecca Stott tells the intense tale of the oyster and its pearl, revealing how this curious creature has been used and depicted in human tradition and what it has variously intended to people who have both enjoyed or loathed it: the Romans carried much-sought-after British oysters around the Alps at the backs of donkeys to be eaten as food at banquets in Rome, while against this Woody Allen as soon as famously stated "I won't devour oysters. i would like my foodstuff useless – no longer ailing, no longer wounded – dead."

Using many strange photos and anecdotes, Oyster will entice oyster fanatics and haters all over, and for these too who've an curiosity within the means animals resembling the oyster have woven themselves into the material of our culture.

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