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April Peavey  •  Link

Was lobster an expensive delicacy or was it regarded as a "poor man's meal?"

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James Griffin  •  Link

I have read that one reason the Pilgrims in Massachusetts were so short of food during their first year in America is that they did not consider lobsters edible.

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dirk  •  Link

Lobsters vs Pilgrims

Not very credible, if you check this site:
"The English colonists ate a variety of shellfish, including lobster, but they preferred their traditional, grain-based fare. Shellfish might have been an especially important staple of the colonist's diet before the English grain-based foods were plentiful."
The main problem seems to have been not so much one of taste but preservation in a time when there were no cooling facilities...

At some point even:
"Lobster was a poor man's food."

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Bill  •  Link

If you are ordered to break the claw of a crab or a lobster, clap it between the sides of the dining-room door between the hinges. Thus you can do it gradually without mashing the meat; which is often the fate of the street-door key, or the pestle.
---Directions to Servants. Jonathan Swift, 1745.

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