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Consider The Oyster

“Men have enjoyed eating oysters since they were not much more than monkeys, according to the kitchen middens they have left behind them. And thus, in their own one-minded way, they have spent time and thought and money on the problems of how to protect oysters from the suckers and the borers and the starvers, until now it is comparatively easy to eat this two-valved mollusc anywhere, without thought of the dangers it has run in its few years. Its chilly, delicate gray body slips into a stewpan or under a broiler or alive down a red throat, and its done. Its life has been thoughtless but no less full of danger, and now that it is over we are perhaps the better for it.” – M.F.K. Fisher


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