“Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm” Just Published


Advance Praise for Shucked

“While most books about oysters tell people what they want to hear, Shucked tells it like it is: the frigid winter days on the water with hands like popsicles, the backbreaking work, the anxiety of nurturing thousands of dollars’ worth of oyster seed, the hard-partying nights. Erin Byers Murray captures the seasonal rhythms of the New England coast and the romance of one exceptional company’s efforts to coax great food from the sea. You’ll never take an oyster for granted again.”

–Rowan Jacobsen, author of A Geography of Oysters

“Part adventure, part memoir, part culinary awakening, Erin Byers Murray’s rite of passage from novice to connoisseur takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the world of the oyster. On the way, she gives us pearls of wisdom and wit–both served up on the half shell. Cocktail sauce is optional but don’t miss this book.”

— Christopher White, author of Skipjack: The Story of America’s Last Sailing Oystermen


SHUCKED: Life on a New England Oyster Farm

By Erin Byers Murray

In March of 2009, Erin Byers Murray ditched her pampered city girl lifestyle and convinced the rowdy and mostly male crew at Island Creek Oysters in Duxbury, Massachusetts, to let her learn the business of oysters for a year. 

SHUCKED (St. Martin’s Press/ Hardcover/October 2011/$25.99/ISBN 0-312-68191-7) is a charming and lively narrative of oyster farming from a true farm-to-table perspective. This book is part love letter, part memoir and part documentary about the world’s most beloved bivalves. An in-depth look at the work that goes into getting oysters from farm to table, SHUCKED shows Erin’s full-circle journey through the modern day oyster farming process and tells a dynamic story about the people who grow our food, and the cutting-edge community of weathered New England oyster farmers who are defying convention and looking ahead. The narrative also interweaves Erin’s personal story—the tale of how a technology-obsessed workaholic learns to slow life down a little bit and starts to enjoy getting her hands dirty (and cold). This is for oyster lovers everywhere, but also a great read for locavores and foodies in general.



ERIN BYERS MURRAY is a Boston area journalist, specializing in food and wine writing. Most recently, she was the Boston editor for DailyCandy.com. Her work as been published in the Boston Globe, Food and Wine, Boston Magazine, Bon Appetit, and many more. Visit her at shucked.wordpress.com.



By Erin Byers Murray

St. Martin’s Press, Hardcover, $25.99

ISBN: -0-312-68191-7

Publication Date: October 11, 2011