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The Story of an Oyster

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The American oyster industry has become so much more sophisticated in the last 2 decades.

What is it about the oyster that so beguiles? 

It's a food like no other. It initially repels; who would want to eat their first oyster? It's the only food we consume that's still alive. It's food that tastes distinctly of its place. And that taste is lovely and intriguing, a strange mixture of salty and sweet, with flavors that range from the sea to fruit to butter. But I think the writer Rowan Jacobsen, in his book A Geography of Oysters, best explains its mysterious allure when he writes, "At some level, it's not about taste or smell at all. Because an oyster, like a lover, first captures you by bewitching the mind."

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