There are two thousand species of shrimp in the world, and the majority of the United States population has only just discovered what is now considered America's favorite seafood. Advancements in transportation and communication have brought the coastal delicacy inland in the last few decades, resulting in a surge of popularity nationwide. Even as the taste for shrimp has drifted farther away from its seaside origins, it remains a traditional staple in the Gulf Coast region. Coauthor and fisheries expert Jerald Horst provides a wealth of information about the shellfish, including biology, history, industry, and meal preparation. Shrimping has been a commercial industry in Louisiana since the 1870s. Based on his scientific knowledge, practical experience, and more than four decades near the Louisiana coast, Horst's advice is valued among those in the industry. He expounds on the art and science of purchasing shrimp based on size, count, and weight. Recommending specific locations for stocking up during the season, the author warns against common misconceptions in choosing shrimp. Along with his wife, Glenda, Horst is also adept at the art of cooking shrimp. The couple has included seventy-seven home-style recipes personally tested in their own kitchen. Molds, casseroles, gumbos, and salads reveal the variety of tastes that can be concocted from the small crustacean. Each recipe has been taken from residents of the Gulf, with four stars indicating the best of the best.