The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell by Mark Kurlansky
Before the Dutch made the first permanent settlement in 1614 on Manhattan island, the Lenape Indians had already been dining on oysters. With a large population and pollution of the water ways, by 1900 there were few oyster beds remaining in the New York City area.
Included in the book are stories of some residents, historic oyster recipes and famous restaurants that served the oyster. However, at times I would skim through sections which just seemed more of the same. An example: too many oyster recipes.
The Big Oyster is an entertaining read about the oyster while weaving in a high level history of New York City.
No raw oysters for this guy.