Time To Slurp Some Oysters! Yes, This “Wednesday Bookmobile” Has The Lowdown On These Bivalves!

Nothing Better Than Freshly Shucked Oysters!

I love fresh oysters! The look, the briny freshness of the ocean, and of course, the icy cold sensation as they slide down your throat…and they are incredibly good for you as well!

So why am I sharing this with you? Because this “Wednesday Bookmobile” is telling the romantic story of these bivalves!

“Sex, Death and Oysters: A Half-Shell Lover’s World Tour” by Robb Walsh!

With Valentine’s Day just behind us, here’s a question: are Oysters really an Aphrodisiac?

Whether it’s fact or fiction, it is beyond a doubt that oysters do encourage romance. The sensuality of the eating experience titillates the brain, which in turn releases feel-good hormones that mimic the powers of an aphrodisiac.

Also, Oysters improve dopamine levels which boosts libido in men and women. Oysters are also high in zinc which is vital for testosterone production…and this terrific book uses Oysters as the beginning of a real life mystery!

Did you know there is such a thing as a”counterfeit” Oyster? Yes, this is a real-life mystery that involves “Sex, Death & Oysters!”

When award-winning Texas food writer Robb Walsh discovers that the local Galveston Bay oysters are being passed off as Blue Points and Chincoteagues in other parts of the country, he decides to look into the matter.

Thus begins a five-year journey into the culture of one of the world’s oldest delicacies. Walsh’s through-the-looking-glass adventure takes him from oyster reefs to oyster bars and from corporate boardrooms to hotel bedrooms in a quest for the truth about the world’s most profitable aphrodisiac.

You’ll find out a ton of great information, including why there is a big underground business in counterfeit Oysters!

On the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Gulf coasts of the U.S., as well as the Canadian Maritimes, Ireland, England, and France, the author ingests thousands of oysters—raw, roasted, barbecued, and baked—all for the sake of making a fair comparison. He also considers the merits of a wide variety of accompanying libations, including tart white wines in Paris, Guinness in Galway, martinis in London, microbrews in the Pacific Northwest, and tequila in Texas.

“Sex, Death and Oysters” is a record of a gastronomic adventure with illustrations and recipes— a fascinating collection of the most exciting, instructive, poignant, and just plain weird experiences on a trip into the world of the most beloved and feared of all seafoods.

Here is the Amazon Best of the Month, January 2009 Review:

Once called “the Indiana Jones of food writers,” Texan Robb Walsh has developed a cult of devoted readers who have ridden shotgun with him on his obsessive culinary adventures–from the quest for the perfect cup of coffee, to barbecue battles, to Dr. Pepper bootleggers.

Who better then to take a five-year quest in search of the perfect oyster, “the world’s most profitable aphrodisiac,” than the James Beard Award-winning author, who hangs his hat as the restaurant critic for The Houston Press and has written several books, including Are You Really Going to Eat That? and The Tex-Mex Cookbook. Sex, Death, and Oysters: A Half-Shell Lover’s World Tour chronicles a global culinary road trip that takes Walsh from his local Galveston Bay to the coasts of North America, and off to Ireland, England, and France.

Fact-filled and laced throughout with his wry humor, Walsh recounts the hundreds of oysters shucked and prepared in myriad ways, and offers a fascinating history that goes beyond the expected, revealing coastal rivalries, recipes, shucking tips, and what to drink with your oyster.

It’s everything you need to know to enjoy one of these!

I hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s Bookmobile – I love books about food – from cookbooks filled with great recipes or stories about the origins of food…and I also like to find out more about our food, where it comes from and how it is sold to us – and so does Food Author Michael Ruhlman:

Ruhlman’s “Grocery” book is essential reading for food lovers – you may never look at your local supermarket the same way again!

See my review here:


If you enjoy these posts, why not subscribe and never miss out? It’s easy, and there are NO ads of any kind, just stuff I like…click on the main page and “follow” me on the upper right…


Leave a comment and let me know if you love Oyster Stew, Fried Oysters, or you enjoy them raw right out of the shell!

Categories: Books / Media, Exotic Travel, Food, food blog, Food Review, Memoirs, nature, Pop Culture, Recipes, Talent/Celebrities, Travel, Travel Adventures, Travel Memoir, Wacky Food

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

15 replies

  1. I will happily eat oysters, though preferably by the sea, where they have been freshly harvested. I prefer them raw, with a little lemon juice. The best I ever had were in a restaurant at the harbour in Honfleur, Normandy. Still tasting of the sea, they were so different to the ones in London restaurants.
    This was the place, though I was there in 1999.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I love our history of oysters in the Pacific Northwest. And I have tried to like them, but so far without success! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  3. this looks like a fascinating read, John. I plan to read it, thanks. I only recently, in the last few years, tried my first oysters, very fresh, and I loved them

    Liked by 1 person

  4. This is such great information John. I’m definitely going to check out that book. I haven’t yet mustered the courage to try oysters yet, but maybe someday.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. This sounds like an interesting and fun book, John. The picture of the oyster looks like a woman’s profile. It has a face, neck and hat – aren’t I fanciful – no wonder I don’t eat oysters.
    And, of course, there are these oysters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00WCEbKM_SE

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Stevie Turner

Realist, writer, reader, reviewer and rocker.

Cornwall in Colours

inspired by the colours of the land, sea and sky of Cornwall

Bonjour From Brittany

Celebrating what makes Brittany unique


Reviewing the greatest film and TV since the dawn of time

Let's Go To The Movies

Film and Theatre Lover!

SoraNews24 -Japan News-

Bringing you yesterday's news from Japan and Asia, today.

Bite! Eat! Repeat!

52 Cookbooks. 52 Recipes. A Tasty 2022!

A Teacher's Reflections

Thirty Years of Wonder

Tanooki Homemade Cafe

Yummy Homemade Food Recipes to Make You Smile:)


Exploring sustainable options, minimalism, and gardening.

In Saner Thought

"It is the duty of every man, as far as his ability extends, to detect and expose delusion and error"..Thomas Paine

Pete Springer

Passionate Teacher and Future Children's Author


Follow us as we follow the road


Travel Through Ireland and Europe

Diary of A Movie Maniac

A Personal Journey Through Cinema & Television

Geeking Out about It

BlerdWatching Waaay Too Much TV


Tea, Tours and Escapades

Robbie's inspiration

Ideas on writing and baking

You can always start now

journaling to see some answers

Realweegiemidget Reviews Films TV Books and more

You can take the girl out of Glasgow. Entertainment Reviews from a Wee Scottish Wife and Stepmum living in Finland.

I didn't have my glasses on....

A trip through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism.

Through the Shattered Lens

Where mainstream meets grindhouse, exploitation, otaku and gamers

Laura's Books and Blogs

Writing tips, giveaways, reviews, essays, and more!

Drew's Movie Reviews

Movie reviews from your average dude

But I Smile Anyway...

Musings and memories, words and wisdom... of a working family woman

Movie Reviews 101

Daily Movie Reviews

Cindy Bruchman

Photography. Observations. Adventures. Let's talk.

Invisibly Me

Live A Visible Life Whatever Your Health


The world's wildest movies from an era of "everything goes!"

Rust Belt Girl

reading and writing the Rust Belt with Rebecca Moon Ruark

Cult Of The Cinema

Exploring Cinematic Diversity

Retired? No one told me!

Tonight I Dream. Tomorrow I Do!


The musings of a Londoner, now living in Norfolk

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Musings on cats, travel, gardens and life

Tranquil Dreams

Watching, Reading, Cooking & Travelling

An Historian About Town

History in the Making

Susie Lindau's Wild Ride

Adventures and Misadventures in Boulder, Colorado

It Rains... You Get Wet

Still more lazy thoughts from this one...

Admit One Film Addict

Psychotropic Cinema and more

emmakwall (explains it all)

Film & soundtrack reviews, good humour and lists


Burgers, Books, Music, Movies, Offbeat Adventures & Pop Culture!


Movie reviews and anything else that comes to mind

%d bloggers like this: