The Maine Summers Cookbook: Recipes for Delicious, Sun-Filled Days
Linda Greenlaw & Martha Greenlaw
Penguin, 2011 (2011)
Reviewed by Kelly Thunstrom
he subtitle of mother and daughter Linda and Martha Greenlaw's book, '
Recipes for Delicious, Sun-Filled Days
', says it all. As I look out my window on this beautiful, sunny, July 3rd in Philly, eating a lobster roll by the pool sounds like my cup of tea.
aine is known, obviously, for the lobster, but I never knew that it was also known for its blueberries. The reader of this cookbook runs into somewhat of a problem, however, when the recipe calls for Maine blueberries or Maine crabmeat, and he or she does not live in Maine (like me). But just like a Key Lime Pie only tastes delicious when using key limes (hence the name), making the recipes like the Greenlaws call for requires the authentic ingredients.
hort anecdotes about pig roasting and
come between the real
(no pun intended) of the book ... the recipes. From cocktails to desserts, the Greenlaws have you covered. The heart of the book is, of course, seafood (
Maine stuffed clams
Red crab cakes
, etc.), but I was surprised by the number of other types of food (
Moxie Island baked steak
Cilantro and cholula corn bread
Cinnamon-blueberry ice cream
, etc.). You literally could put a whole meal together every day for a month just using this book.
he Greenlaws are true
, and as the pictures show, they know their stuff (witness the picture of soaking wet Linda Greenlaw digging for clams). When you can't get to Maine, this cookbook is the next best thing.
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