The Oyster Companion : A Field Guide


Rich in history and lore, The Oyster Companion weaves together anecdotes from the author's experience as a restaurateur and competitive shucker with practical information on everything from opening oysters with finesse to ordering hard-to-get bivalves online. Fully illustrated with gorgeous color photography, the book includes:

  • History of oysters in civilization
  • Detailed breakdown of the differences among 50 oyster varieties found worldwide
  • Lifecycle, anatomy, ecological footprint, health benefits, and how feeding habits and locations affect taste (the "merroir")
  • Tips for growing oysters
  • Growers and exporters of the world's best oysters
  • The best oyster bars from North America and Europe
  • How to sample oysters and a tasting wheel to pair oysters with the proper drink
  • Throwing an oyster-themed dinner party
  • Tips on sourcing the freshest and best-tasting oysters in the world
  • Shucker Paddy's Oyster Opening 101: Tips on shucking and presenting
  • Expert's guide to some of the best knives and shuckers in the world and their techniques.