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197 × 120 × 15 mm
208 pages
40 illustrations, 30 in colour
01 Nov 2017
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Shrimp A Global History Yvette Florio Lane

The small but mighty shrimp, or prawn, has lured diners to the table for centuries. These primordial-looking creatures spend their short lives out of sight, deep on the ocean floor, yet they have inspired an immense passion among many cultures. They are also at the centre of some of our most pressing environmental and human rights concerns. In this lively and entertaining book, Yvette Florio Lane embarks on a culinary and historical tour of the production and consumption of the beloved crustacean from earliest times to the present day, incorporating fascinating lore, unusual recipes and compelling images. Essential reading for foodies and food historians, Shrimp demonstrates that the enormous desire for this favourite shellfish has always come with a high price tag.

Yvette Florio Lane is a writer and social and cultural historian based at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Introduction: Endless Shrimp?

1 What’s in a Name? The Biology and Biography of the Shrimp

2 How We Do Love Thee

3 Fashion Plates: Shrimp Cocktail on Ice

4 Powder and Paste and a Sense of Place

5 Jumbo Shrimp and Other Tidbits: Shrimp in Art, Literature and Society

6 All We Can Eat: The High Cost of Cheap Shrimp

Buying Basics: Some Things to Think About When Buying Shrimp



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