- Bibliothekseinband: 307 Seiten
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1435283236
- ISBN-13: 978-1435283237
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,5 x 12,7 x 19,7 cm
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The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell (Englisch) Bibliothekseinband – 22. Mai 2008
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"Kurlansky's great ability is to chose a single element as a prism through which to view the development or degeneration of culture; in this book he takes his readers from the 16th century to the present day, encompassing biology, commerce, the politics of race, history, literature, and, of course, gourmandise" (Erica Wagner The Times)
"A diligent researcher and a terrific storyteller...quirky, engrossing narrative" (Jackie McGlone Herald)
"A unique perspective" (Killian Fox Observer)
"Fascinating... Kurlansky's portrait of that vanished age is absolutely engrossing" (Philip Hoare Sunday Telegraph)
"Packed with interest" (Independent) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
From the bestselling author of Salt and Cod comes a fascinating history of New York and the oyster - its influence on four centuries of cultural, economic, and culinary trends - with recipes throughout -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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The first blow to oyster production was sewage. "The reality is that millions of people produce far too much sewage to co-exist with millions of oysters...A million times worse than pollution happened. The silt and sludge alone would have been enough to kill oysters, which would sink in it and suffocate. But the industrial wastes consisted of heavy metals, including seven thousand pounds of zinc, copper, lead chromium, and nickel that entered the city sewer system every day...Between the 1940's and the 1970's, General Electric dumped hundreds of thousand of pounds of polycholorinated biphenyls, PCBs, into the Hudson..Concentrations of six heavy metals were found in the 1980's in the central muddy portion of the bay (Raritan). They had entered the water from the many factories built on the Raritan Rover during World War II. With the sentiment "anything for the war effort," these industries were allowed to freely dump into the river, and the practice continued after the war. In 1978, Raritan Bay was found to have the highest concentration of hydrocarbons. Fish in the bay were found to be laced with PCBs. The fish were often misshapen by a pollution-caused disease known as "fin-erosion disease." The Big Oyster.
World War II was the most destructive war in the history of mankind claiming the lives of around 60 to 70 million casualties worldwide; another casualty was the oyster beds of New York. America's Military Industrial Complex may have knocked off Hitler and Tojo, liberated the Nazi and Japanese concentration camps, but it also has the death of billions of oysters on its hands as well. In order to construct Freedom's Forge (Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II)and win World War II the tasty bivalves of New York had to walk the plank.
This book is filled with tasty insight into the history of oysters around the New York area and much more. I loved it.
If you liked The Big Oyster you will also enjoy America Invades: How We've Invaded or been Militarily Involved with almost Every Country on Earth by Kelly / Laycock and Italy Invades
I can't wait to read "Cod".
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