Shrimp Highway

Savoring U.S. 17 and Its Iconic Dish


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About the Book

Known as the Coastal Highway, U.S. Route 17 runs along the Eastern Seaboard from Punta Gorda, Florida, to Winchester, Virginia, passing many of the prime shrimping waters in the southern United States. Visiting remote ports-of-call cluttered with trawlers, and the many eateries along the route—some established, some obscure—the author explores the Lowcountry shrimping culture and presents a colorful profile of the “17-ers,” the eccentric lifetime residents of the highway corridor.

About the Author(s)

Jeff Johnson is a playwright and teacher. Recipient of numerous awards, he is the author of four previous books on theater and cinema. He lives in Franklin, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Jeff Johnson
Foreword by Dock Hooks
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 233
Bibliographic Info: 64 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7074-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3093-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Foreword by Dock Hooks 1
Preface 6
Introduction 11
1. The Highway 19
2. The Shrimp 39
3. Fernandina Beach to Savannah 58
4. Beaufort to Little River 109
5. Calabash to Elizabeth City 159
Conclusion 212
Index 223

Book Reviews & Awards

• “Gives readers a flavor of the region, what natives think of Route 17, and the vast knowledge some few people possess about shrimp. … After reading Shrimp Highway, I not only wanted to chow down on some of that fried shrimp and get my toes in the sand, but I also wanted to drive down part of U.S. 17, at least that part of it that follows the North Carolina coast, and stop in some of the towns Johnson visited, and just walk around the streets breathing in the briny air and taking it easy.”—Smoky Mountain News

• “[Johnson] describes the nature of the highway, background on shrimp and methods of harvesting and cooking it”—ProtoView