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Issue #12


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Lucky Peach #12 is all about food from littoral realms—the spaces where land meets sea.

We dive for abalone and gather seaweed off the California coast; we harvest honey in the Bangladeshi Sundarabans; we go behind the scenes at a shrimp farm in Indonesia, and spend a Sunday at the cockle sheds in Leigh-on-Sea. We learn lots about edible sea beasts, from clams to hagfish to sea squirts. Anthony Bourdain takes us on a stroll down a beach town’s memory lane; Robert Sietsema samples practically all the clams on Long Island; Stuart Dybek catches himself a perfect breakfast in the Florida keys. We share recipes from Vietnam and Portugal and the Oregon coast—we aren’t shellfish. Also in this issue: a special, detachable sixteen-page Beach Reads comic book to take on your seaside jaunts, featuring comics by Jason Jägel, Tony Millionaire, and more, because it’s summertime, and the reading is easy.


In This Issue

The Lucky Peach Atlas

David Ching, Chris Ying, and C.B. Cebulski

Iboldly Goes: Guidos at the Lidos

Mark Ibold
Beach Town Anthony Bourdain
The Honey Hunters Michael Snyder

A Perfect Breakfast

Stuart Dybek

This Is Not a Cucumber

Chris Ying
The Goonies Coast Johanna Ware, Joshua McFadden, and Johnny Leach

Here's Looking at You, Squid

Laurie Woolever
That Fish Cray Adam Gollner

The Battle Over Drakes Bay Oyster Company

Laurie Sloss
Abalone Song Tienlon Ho

Banging My Head Against the Wall

Robert Simonson

Pacific Rim

Katherine Kims
Something Fishy Brette Warshaw


Pat Nourse

Shell Station

Hugh Merwin

On the Clam

Robert Sietsema

Clam Session

Alanna Hale

Sunday at the Cockle Sheds

Laura Goodman

If I Leave the Sea, Then I Will Die

Jamal Bakr

Bringing It All Back Home

Genevieve Ko

Greetings from Saxis Island

Justin Levy


Breece D'J Pancake