208 pages, 5 3/20 x 8 4/25
60 b&w illus.
Buried Treasure of the Pacific Northwest
By David Berger
University of Washington Press
Berger brings to light the long history of razor clamming as a subsistence, commercial, and recreational activity, and he shows the ways it has helped shape both the identity and the psyche of the Pacific Northwest. He illuminates the science behind the sometimes perplexing rules and restrictions that seek to keep the razor clam population healthy and the biomechanics that make these delicious bivalves so challenging to catch. And he joyfully takes part in the usually freezing cold and fruitless pursuit that attracts thousands of participants each year for a “beach-to-table” experience.
David Berger is the former art critic for the Seattle Times, as well as the author of the food feature “Northwest Taste” in the Seattle Times’ Pacific Magazine. He is a recipient of a Metcalf Fellowship for Marine and Environmental Reporting.
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