This gorgeous cookbook conveys the natural history, cultivation story, commercial history and culinary tales of the oyster. A wonderful local-farming success story, the book includes shucking instructions and 30 recipes. The author, a trained chef and food expert, comments on best beverage pairings to bring out the "oh!" in oysters. And since oysters are grown and harvested in some of the most beautiful places on earth, the book is lush with scenic, as well as food, photography.