I’m neck deep in preparation for my upcoming vacation. Preparation? For a vacation? Yes, preparation.
The last week in August, I’m headed to Prince Edward Island. Just a week of sitting on the beach, biking, and eating. Eating OYSTERS, LOBSTER, CLAMS, MUSSELS, AND SCALLOPS. OH MY.
The problem with my plan is that I know next to nothing about oysters. Sure, I’ve eaten many, but oysters are much like wine—their taste reflects where they grow. And to pick good oysters, you have to be familiar with where they come from. Now obviously, my plan is to try every single type of oyster on the island, but it would be nice to know something about the different types before I start eating them like popcorn.
As part of my preparation, I’m reading The Geography of Oysters, a wonderful guide by Rowan Jacobson. His writing is beautiful and the book covers everything from different types of oysters, notes on sustainability, and how to shuck, prepare, and eat them. I highly recommend it.