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Razor Clams

Buried Treasure of the Pacific Northwest

In this lively history and celebration of the Pacific razor clam, David Berger shares with us his love affair with the glossy, gold-colored Siliqua patula and gets into the nitty-gritty of how to dig, clean, and cook them using his favorite recipes. In the course of his investigation, Berger brings to light the long history of razor clamming as a subsistence, commercial, and recreational activity, and shows the ways it has helped shape both the identity and the psyche of the Pacific Northwest.

Towing his wife along to the Long Beach razor clam festival, Berger quizzes local experts on the pressing question: tube or gun? He illuminates the science behind the perplexing rules and restrictions that seek to keep the razor clam population healthy and the biomechanics that make these delicious bivalves so challenging to catch. And he joyfully takes part in the sometimes freezing cold pursuit that nonetheless attracts tens of thousands of participants each year for an iconic "beach-to-table" experience.

About the Author

David Berger has been a contributor to the food feature, "Northwest Taste," in the Pacific Magazine, and is former art critic for the Seattle Times. He is a recipient of a Metcalf Fellowship for Marine and Environmental Reporting.


"With his history and experience, Berger brings the sand, the wet, and the cold that embody razor clamming. His delivery is in sync with the quirks of this odd sport where you drive to a beach, park your car, open the door, grab your 'gun,' and harvest seafood—just like that."—Dean Adams, author of Four Thousand Hooks: A True Story of Fishing and Coming of Age on the High Seas of Alaska

"The author provides information I didn't know and I've been digging razor clams for fifty years."—Greg Johnston, author of Washington's Pacific Coast: A Guide to Hiking, Camping, Fishing & Other Adventures

"Sport clamming may sound like an oxymoron until you read David Berger's captivating account of this weird and wonderful activity."—Nicholas O'Connell, founder of www.thewritersworkshop.net

"Whether you grab fresh razor clams at the fish counter or with a quick shovel at low tide, this book will take you delightfully, deliciously deep into the food culture, ecology, and local history of our 'buried treasures.'"—Tom Douglas, Northwest chef and restaurateur

"David Berger has written an ode not only to sea and sky and the Pacific Northwest's most wily clam, but to the delights of this wet gray world we are so lucky to inhabit. Berger takes you away to the salt air and reflection of clouds on wet sand, the perfume of melting butter and frying clams, the invitation of a clam's subtle show dimpling the beach. Whether it is a recipe for razor clam fritters you seek or refreshment for the soul, Razor Clams delivers. A must read for Pacific Northwest newcomers and barnacled long timers alike, Razor Clams offers delight on every page."—Lynda Mapes, author of Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century-Old Oak

9780295741420 : razor-clams-berger
224 Pages
$26.95 USD
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Paperback / softback
224 Pages
$19.95 USD

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