Learn how to eat a lobster and answers to other etiquette questions with this beautifully illustrated guide


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/04/11/learn-how-to-eat-a-lobster-and.html


#2

I’m eating a lobster right now.


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#4

Mmm. Cockroach of the sea.


#5

How to eat lobster:

Don’t.


#6

Former mob wiseguy Nicholas Pileggi, in his cookbook, wrote that his gangster buddies loved lobsters and (paraphrasing here) “couldn’t get enough of those bugs”.


#7

Caught female lobsters are supposed to be thrown back into the sea, but we found one in our store-bought batch of four some years back. I made an incredible sauce from the roe.


#8

So that’s how you roe…


#9

Where’s the ketchup?


#10

One eats a lobster with one’s mouth.


#11

A shorter guide to eating lobster:

  1. Put on your rain slicker. You’re going to need protection.
  2. Grasp the beast in both hands. Twist and tear to separate.
  3. Eat any and all inners, using fingers to remove morsels.

fin.


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#13

More like telson and uropods.


#14

“You wax poetic about the merits of sustainable fish farming, but your smile suddenly wanes when your server brings the fish — whole”

Umm, how would you eat a fish? And it’s not really whole, someone took the guts out.
Cheek meat is very good on a fish, plus it’s loaded with omega-3 fats.
Traditionally people fight over who gets to eat the eyes, they are okay. But I prefer to have the tail fin and bones deep fried and salted as a snack.

It’s a little frightening to me that we need to have a book to teach city folk how to eat food. But it’s also entirely possible that I’m a northern redneck… (you won’t catch me noodling though)


#15

I refute the idea that lobsters are edible.


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It depends on the fishery. Maine and most of Canada they are supposed to be thrown back. Much of the US fishery isn’t as strict. Probably part of the reason why most fisheries south of Maine are failing (climate change and disease/water quality being the big ones).

That said they do slip through, your talking about a bunch of humans hand sorting a species where gender can be hard to recognize. [quote=“nothingfuture, post:11, topic:98747, full:true”]
A shorter guide to eating lobster:

  1. Put on your rain slicker. You’re going to need protection.
  2. Grasp the beast in both hands. Twist and tear to separate.
  3. Eat any and all inners, using fingers to remove morsels.
  4. Make nom nom noises as loud as possible while spraying juices around the general area.

fin.
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Fixed that for you. It tastes better when you’re loud and messy.

Yeah as some one raised in a very rural place, but who’s lived in multiple major cities. It aint the city folk who need training. The average resident of my home town looks at a Chinese dumpling and says “what the fuck is this? how do I eat this?”. Looks at a taco and says “what the fuck is this? how do I eat this?” And so forth. Any whiff of something slightly different then they’re used to and they completely collapse. Seemingly unable to handle a fork.

The land locked or new to seafood might need some instruction on dismantling whole animals they’re unfamiliar with regardless of where they are from. But I’ve seen 3 year olds from Brooklyn dismantle whole fish in Chinese restaurants.


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… hence my total and profound lack of guilt as I gently sautéed the roe in a heavy cream and white wine reduction with some capers.


#19

I would be more interested in learning why on Earth anyone would want to eat a lobster. :thinking:


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