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Oyster: A World History
 
 
Author
Drew Smith.
Publisher History Press  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.75 x 5.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780752457345
Pages/Publication Date 255/2010
Daedalus Item Code 30108
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Oysters are older than us—older than grass, for that matter—and have been present at every turn of human history, notes Guardian restaurant writer Drew Smith. They have inspired writers, painters, and cooks, sustained whole communities, and fashioned legend and history. Their pearls have funded empires and necessitated the institution of slavery. And the evidence oysters leave behind suggests that there was a seafaring empire along Western Europe long before the Romans, and that the world was colonized not west to east, but rather south to north. We were not cavemen at all, says the three-time Glenfiddich Award–winning author in this surprising and entertaining history; we were covemen, exploring the world along the coastlines, because oysters were a sign of a safe and healthy marine economy.
 
 
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