Oysters are a somewhat exotic and mysterious food to those who don’t eat them regularly, and those that do tend to have strong opinions on how they should be consumed for maximum enjoyment. So it’s a good thing that somebody wrote it all down to make Oyster: A Gastronomic History (With Recipes).
That somebody is Drew Smith, who’s compiled material on the history of the oyster in all of its aspects for the book; its use in art and in fiction, its political significance, and naturally more than 40 different recipes that use it. Oyster: A Gastronomic History (With Recipes) also has basic info on how to open an oyster, which is useful to any novices that might pick it up.
Speaking of which, you can pick up Oyster: A Gastronomic History (With Recipes) from Amazon right here for about $25. And you may want to stock up on hot sauce too, while you’re at it (because you’re gonna need a lot).