"In Oysters: A Global History Carolyn Tillie delves into the culinary, artistic, sexual, historical and scientific history of the humble bivalve. She shows how the oyster encouraged immigration and industry in the newly established United States, how it perpetuated slavery among those working in the oyster beds, and how Japan unexpectedly become the saviour of the world's oyster industry. Packed with colorful anecdotes, this little book is a delightful introduction to the lore of the oyster." --book jacket.
Definition and science Prehistoric and ancient history Oysters in Asia Oysters from the Middle Ages to the 1800s Oysters in the New World: America and Australia The Gilded Age The twentieth-century oyster Oysters as an aphrodisiac The future of oysters Buying, storing and shucking oysters Recipes.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 154-155) and index.