Making love to a lobster—that is, buying, cooking and eating lobster—is a lot easier than you might think. And if you've ever thought that you'd like to get close enough to a lobst
Making love to a lobster—that is, buying, cooking and eating lobster—is a lot easier than you might think. And if you've ever thought that you'd like to get close enough to a lobster (or any kind of shellfish) to tame it into submission, but didn't really know how to start, then How to Make Love to a Lobster
is the book for you.
This book is a primer on 13 different kinds of seafood, covering crustacean favourites such as lobster, scampi, prawns, shrimp and crab, and mollusc favourites such as clams, mussels, scallops and oysters, as well as more-unusual edibles such as abalone, conch, squid and octopus.
For each type of seafood, the authors provide guidance on how to clean it, store it, cook it and eat it. Also included are charming folklores and histories, written in a lively and engaging style ("Consider the Crab," "The Strange Abalone," "Mussels Galore") and recommendations for North American and European wines that pair well with the seafood.
How to Make Love to a Lobster also features 40 fabulous recipes for shellfish, many from beloved seafood restaurants and internationally renowned chefs. Try your newly-acquired seafoodcooking skills on:
- Lobster Rolls from chef Rebecca Charles of Pearl Oyster Bar in New York
- Shrimp Steamed in Beer from chef Kee Lee of Filet of Sole Restaurant in Toronto
- Cioppino (seafood stew) from chef John Canepa of Tadich Grill in San Francisco
- Oyster Pan Roast from Grand Central Oyster Bar in New York
- Kelp Greenling and Squid from chef Michael Stadtlander of Sooke Harbour House on Vancouver Island
Also, for those who prefer to have their shellfish served up to them, there is a comprehensive list of "Good Places to Eat Shellfish" in Canada and the United States. This list of 185 restaurants—in provinces and states on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts and bordering the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico.
How to Make Love to a Lobster is a book that will satisfy all your shellfish cravings.
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Devotees will tell you that eating these wonderful beasts is not only healthy but also very sexy. They insist there has to be some truth to the many myths that expound their aphrodisiac qualities and more than one reason why so many of them have been immortalized in numerous stories, poems and songs. Our primordial ancestors must have instinctively known that shellfish were not only good for the soul but also life sustaining. Having crawled from the ocean, one theory has it, our forebears remained seaside, feeding their brains on a diet of marine creatures for the roughly 10,000 years that it took them to learn to stand erect and head downtown.
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is one of Canada's leading lifestyle writers and has been the gardening columnist for the Globe and Mail
since 1990. The author of more than 30 books, including the recent Thrifty: Living the Frugal Life with Style
, she has also written for Chatelaine
and Garden Design Magazine
has written nine books, including Three Bricks Shy of a Load: A Collection of Stories about Ordinary People Doing Really Dumb Stuff and the novel, Watcha Gonna Do Boy . . . Watcha Gonna Be?, which was produced as a CBC television movie and a radio drama.