Whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em, Oysters are as New Orleans as Jazz Music, Streetcars, and Sazeracs. On a daily basis we are inundated with images of oysters sandwiched in a po’boy or stirred into a jambalaya, yet many of us may not know the real history behind these famous mollusks. With "OYSTER: A Gastronomic History" author Drew Smith brings us up to snuff on all things oyster. Whether laying out the details of their prehistoric beginnings, to detailing their cultivation within specific geographical areas across the globe, Smith jam packs this book with countless impressive facts for you to bring up at the next shucking. He also includes 50 recipes to cook for your dinner guests while charming them with your oyster knowledge. In short, OYSTER is an intriguing read, and an essential part of the New Orleanian’s Library.