The Secret Life of Clams

The Secret Life of Clams

The Mysteries and Magic of Our Favorite Shellfish

Anthony D. Fredericks


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Lovers of science—or seafood—will be happy as a clam with this unique and enlightening history.
It breathes with tubes, it has no head or brain, it feeds through a filter, and it is the source of dozens of familiar proverbs and expressions. Clams, it turns out, have been worshipped (by the Moche people of ancient Peru), used as money (by the Algonquin Indians), and consumed by people for thousands of years. The Secret Life of Clams explores the fascinating and surprisingly complex facts behind this gastronomic treat. Learn about the biology of this bivalve and take a journey through natural history and marine life with The Secret Life of Clams—and enjoy some bonus recipes too.