Washington Evening Starof 21 September 1900 stated that there had even been a proposal to call it the Washington crab, since the first President of the United States had liked it so well, and said that ‘we often see it floating upon the surface of an oyster stew’. It was usual to eat the little creatures whole, carapace and all, sautéed or deep-fried, with or without the oysters. They were also pickled. I am told, however, by a scientist at the Smithsonian that they ought to be eaten alive, that they provide a welcome change of texture between oysters, and that they taste a little like celery. Few books contain a recipe for the oyster crab. An exception is 300 Ways to Cook and Serve Shell Fishby H. Franklyn Hall, which was published at Philadelphia in 1901 and contains no fewer than sixteen.