Audio Books by Rowan Jacobsen

Rowan Jacobsen is the author of Truffle Hound (2022), The Essential Oyster (2016), Apples of Uncommon Character (2014), A Shadows on the Gulf (2011) and other 6 books.

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Truffle Hound

release date: Oct 04, 2022
Truffle Hound
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year A captivating exploration into the secretive and sensuous world of truffles, the elusive food that has captured hearts, imaginations, and palates worldwide.

The Essential Oyster

release date: Oct 04, 2016
The Essential Oyster
From Rowan Jacobsen, America''s go-to expert, the author of the trailblazing A Geography of Oysters, comes the ultimate oyster guide--a gorgeous, full-color, must-have book. A decade ago, Rowan Jacobsen wrote a book called A Geography of Oysters that celebrated the romance of oysters, the primal rush of slurping a raw denizen of the sea, and the mysteries of molluscan terroir. The book struck a chord, and American oyster culture has been on a gravity-defying trajectory ever since. With lavish four-color photos throughout by renowned photographer David Malosh, The Essential Oyster is the definitive book for oyster-lovers everywhere, featuring stunning portraits, tasting notes, and backstories of all the top oysters, as well as recipes from America''s top oyster chefs and a guide to the best oyster bars. Spotlighting more than a hundred of North America''s greatest oysters--the unique, the historically significant, the flat-out yummiest--The Essential Oyster introduces the oyster culture and history of every region of North America, as well as overseas. There is no coastline from British Columbia to Baja, from New Iberia to New Brunswick, that isn''t producing great oysters. For the most part, these are deeper cupped, stronger shelled, finer flavored, and more stylish than their predecessors. Some have colorful stories to tell. Some have quirks. All have character. The Essential Oyster will help you find the best, and help you to cherish them better. That is what''s captured--and celebrated--in these pages.

Apples of Uncommon Character

release date: Sep 02, 2014
Apples of Uncommon Character
From a beloved Bloomsbury author, a celebration of America''s favorite fall harvest.

A Shadows on the Gulf

release date: Apr 26, 2011
A Shadows on the Gulf
A counter-intuitive profile of the Gulf of Mexico traces a century''s worth of everyday abuses that nearly destroyed its ecological uniqueness while revealing how the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster may actually enable the region''s restoration, in a report that explains the gulf''s environmental and economic importance. 35,000 first printing.

American Terroir

release date: Sep 10, 2010
American Terroir
Why does honey from the tupelo-lined banks of the Apalachicola River have a kick of cinnamon unlike any other? Why is salmon from Alaska''s Yukon River the richest in the world? Why does one underground cave in Greensboro, Vermont, produce many of the country''s most intense cheeses? The answer is terroir (tare-WAHR), the "taste of place." Originally used by the French to describe the way local conditions such as soil and climate affect the flavor of a wine, terroir has been little understood (and often mispronounced) by Americans, until now. For those who have embraced the local food movement, American Terroir will share the best of America''s bounty and explain why place matters. It will be the first guide to the "flavor landscapes" of some of our most iconic foods, including apples, honey, maple syrup, coffee, oysters, salmon, wild mushrooms, wine, cheese, and chocolate. With equally iconic recipes by the author and important local chefs, and a complete resource section for finding place-specific foods, American Terroir is the perfect companion for any self-respecting locavore.

Parma: Ham, Cheese, and the Taste of Time

release date: Aug 02, 2011
Parma: Ham, Cheese, and the Taste of Time
Here, James Beard award-winning author Rowan Jacobsen plumbs the secrets of Parma, Italy''s ham and cheese heaven.

Fruitless Fall

release date: Jul 15, 2010
Fruitless Fall
Many people will remember that Rachel Carson predicted a silent spring, but she also warned of a fruitless fall, a time with no pollination and no fruit. The fruitless fall nearly became a reality when, in 2007, beekeepers watched thirty billion bees mysteriously die. And they continue to disappear. The remaining pollinators, essential to the cultivation of a third of American crops, are now trucked across the country and flown around the world, pushing them ever closer to collapse. Fruitless Fall does more than just highlight this growing agricultural catastrophe. It emphasizes the miracle of flowering plants and their pollination partners, and urges readers not to take the abundance of our Earth for granted. A new afterword by the author tracks the most recent developments in this ongoing crisis.

The Living Shore

release date: Jul 01, 2009
The Living Shore
In the 1990s, a marine scientist named Brian Kingzett was commissioned to survey Canada''s western coast. He saw amazing sights, from the wildest, most breathtaking coasts to the smallest of marine creatures. Along the western side of Vancouver Island, Kingzett nosed into an isolated pocket beach where he found something unusual. Amid the mussels, barnacles, and clams were round oysters-Olympias. Kingzett noted their presence and paddled on. A decade later when he met Betsy Peabody, executive director of the Puget Sound Restoration Fund (PSRF), he learned that this once ubiquitous native oyster was in steep decline, and he knew that together they would return to this remote spot. Rowan Jacobsen, along with Kingzett, Peabody, and a small group of scientists from PSRF and the Nature Conservancy, set out last July to see if the Olys were still surviving-and if they were, what they could learn from them. The goal: to use their pristine natural beds, which have probably been around for millennia, as blueprints for the habitat restoration efforts in Puget Sound. The implications are vast. If Peabody and her team can bring good health back to Puget Sound by restoring the intertidal zones-the areas of land exposed during low tide and submerged during high tide, where oysters live-their research could serve as a model for saving the world''s oceans. During a time when the fate of the oceans seems uncertain, Rowan Jacobsen has found hope in the form of a small shelled creature living in the lost world where all life began.

A Geography of Oysters

release date: Sep 16, 2008
A Geography of Oysters
A playful guide to identifying, serving, and enjoying one of America''s most delicious foods describes the various types of oysters available in terms of appearance, origin, availability, and flavor and provides a host of tempting recipes, a color guide, lists of top oyster restaurants and festivals, tips on pairing wine and oysters, and more.

Chocolate Unwrapped

release date: Jan 01, 2003
Chocolate Unwrapped
Detailing the positive physical and psychological effects of chocolate, this book explores its colorful history, botany, and chemistry. Explaining the science behind chocolate, common myths about chocolate—that it causes acne, allergies, migraines, and hyperactivity—are dispelled, and its benefits—tannins in chocolate actually help prevent cavities—are revealed. Providing medical information relating to chocolate''s high antioxidant levels and beneficial effects in terms of heart disease, cancer, aging, stroke, and Alzheimer''s disease, the book also includes information regarding chocolate''s mental health benefits. The included recipes provide a multitude of healthy ways to eat chocolate, from flourless chocolate cake to Mexican mole, and a comprehensive list of resources shows chocolate lovers where to find the best-quality chocolates around the world.
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