The Essential Oyster: A Salty Appreciation of Taste and Temptation by Rowan Jacobsen

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"The Essential Oyster" by Rowan Jacobsen is the definitive book for oyster-lovers everywhere. It features stunning portraits, tasting notes and backstories of all the top oysters, as well as recipes from America's best oyster chefs and a guide to the best oyster bars. With lavish color photos throughout by renowned photographer David Malosh.

Spotlighting 100+ of North America's greatest oysters — the unique, the historically significant, the flat-out yummiest — "The Essential Oyster" introduces the oyster culture and history of every region, from British Columbia to Baja, from New Iberia to New Brunswick. Some have colorful stories to tell. Some have quirks. All have character. "The Essential Oyster" will help you find the best, and help you to cherish them better.


  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • Approximately 8 x 10 inches