Transcription: Oysters in the Shells.
I need not here to tell you that Oysters in the Shells are very good when they are fresh, because every body knows it, but it may be some does not know that when an Oyster is opened, some will put in Butter and Pepper to the Oyster, and set him upon the Coals to broil, and so eat them.
A Perfect School of Instructions for the Officers of the Mouth: Shewing the Whole Art of A Master of the Household, A Master Carver, A Master Butler, A Master Confectioner, A Master Cook, A Master Pastryman… Adorned with Pictures Curiously Ingraven, Displaying the Whole Arts
With such a grand title and even grander subtitle, this 1681 translation of a French work - which you can view online thanks to the Rare Books Division! - seems the perfect fit for a foodie Flashback Friday to celebrate NYPL’s new exhibition Lunch Hour NYC, which features an oyster cart (image courtesy of the NY Times). Anyone up for a lunch of oysters?