Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm

June 14, 2021
Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm

Bill Buford's Heat meets Phoebe Damrosch'sService Included in this unique blend of personal narrative,food miscellany, and historyIn March of 2009, Erin Byers Murray ditched her pampered citygirl lifestyle and convinced the rowdy and mostly male crew atIsland Creek Oysters in Duxbury, Massachusetts, to let a completelyunprepared, aquaculture-illiterate food and lifestyle writer workfor them for a year to learn the business of oysters. The result isShucked—part love letter, part memoir and part documentaryabout the world's most beloved bivalves.Providing an in-depth look at the work that goes into gettingoysters from farm to table, Shucked shows Erin'sfullcircle journey through the modern day oyster farming processand tells a dynamic story about the people who grow our food, andthe cutting-edge community of weathered New England oyster farmerswho are defying convention and looking ahead. The narrative alsointerweaves Erin's personal story—the tale of how atechnology-obsessed workaholic learns to slow life down a littlebit and starts to enjoy getting her hands dirty (and cold). This isa book for oyster lovers everywhere, but also a great read forlocavores and foodies in general.