There was a small discussion about leaving the last segment of the shell on shrimp last week. I reported that I find the practice pretty bad and is one reason I rarely order shrimp in restaurants. Picked up the French Laundry cookbook today and Keller does what I have always done. Shell right down to the little fan of tail after that last segment. I feel vindicated. I still feel this lousy practice of leaving on the last segment has come about because of machine shelling.