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April Peavey   Link to this

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

James Griffin   Link to this

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.

dirk   Link to this

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."

Bill   Link to this

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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