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How to Eat Green Crab: A Cookbook of Invasive Species Harvested along the Maine Coast (Paperback)
Oliver Curtis spent a year in The Telling Room's Young Emerging Authors program writing and sketching a cookbook of invasive species. How to Eat Green Crab is packed with scientific information and recipes involving some of Maine's most invasive marine species, told in Oliver's humorous and personal manner. Oliver has his commercial green crab fisherman’s license, and he and his mom have been busily testing recipes for Green Crab, Common Periwinkle, and European Flat Oyster in their kitchen. This book was featured in an article by Mary Pols in the Portland Press Herald and has garnered early attention from local foodies and national scientists alike.
About the Author
Oliver Curtis is a senior at Baxter Academy for Technology and Science in Portland, Maine. His writing has been featured in several of The Telling Room's annual anthologies, including the most recent compilation, Sparks. His life aspirations currently consist of purchasing an automobile and attending a four-year university.
"Oliver Curtis dares you—cleverly and with great charm—to harvest invasive species and then cook them up using one of his unique recipes. At the ocean, I'll never look at a green crab, periwinkle, or flat oyster in quite the same way." —Michael S. Sanders, editor, Edible Maine magazine, author of Fresh from Maine
"Cooking and eating invasive shellfish can be a big culinary leap for many home cooks, but Curtis's recipes bridge this divide with clear, detailed directions." —Christine Burns Rudalevige, author of Green Plate Special
"After chancing upon Oliver Curtis's illuminating, encouraging book, I'm finally applying for a shellfish license. My mollusk-loving young boys and I will now do our part, snatching up crustaceans and snails for 'Green Crab Paella' and 'Periwinkles Rockefeller.'" —Laura McCandlish, Maine food writer, baltimoregon.com
"This cookbook is a great example of an innovative idea that could aid our rapidly changing ecosystem. Oliver Curtis shows incredible insight and dedication to mitigating the harmful impacts of invasive species." —Marissa McMahan, marine biologist, greencrab.org