Yesterday was National Oyster Day, and slurpers east and west sidled up to their nearest oyster shucking bar to knock back a few bivalves.
But oysters aren't just a trend, the latest food craze to attract the ever-fickle urban eater. Behind the oyster boom is plenty of science and hard work, as I've discussed on a few occasion (1 and 2), and a whole lot of history. And history, when it comes to foodways of the South, is handled best by the Southern Foodways Alliance, a Mississippi-based organization that highlighted a few oral histories of oystermen on the Gulf Coast on Wednesday, the day after the Great Slurp. Here's one: