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Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook

200 Recipes Celebrating Maine's Culinary Past, Present, and Future

Softcover, 8 x 10, 288 pages, Cookbook

ISBN: 978-1-944762-89-6

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$20.20

About this Book:

Mainers know that if there is one thing that brings everyone together, it's food; from blueberry pie contests to lobster bakes to bean suppers. The Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook explores that idea, offering family and community recipes from across the length and breadth of Maine. The editors have collected recipes and photos from kitchens all across the state ranging from everyday families and home cooks to award-winning chefs and notable Mainers. This special cookbook not only stretches out geographically from the coast to the mountains to the woodlands, but seeks to span the entirety of Maine’s existence; exploring the food of Wabanaki tribes, the customs of European settlers during early statehood, and the tastes of Maine’s newest immigrants in the twenty-first century. In all, the cookbook offers more than 200 recipes from Margaret Chase Smith Blueberry Muffins to Thai Fiddlehead Stir Fry to Lobster Crab Etouffee.

Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook by Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz
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"There are many ways to gain insight into a place. You can listen to its music, learn its language, educate yourself about its history…taste its food. The “Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook” provides an expansive and loving introduction to the kitchens, traditions and people of Maine."
––Peggy Grodinsky, Portland Press Herald

“True to genre, the book provides a colorful snapshot of places, people, and history, via short personal stories that accompany the recipes and tell about toting wax-paper-wrapped whoopie pies to work in the potato fields or recreating the spicy meatball subs a grandmother used to make to sell at fairs during the Great Depression. ‘The recipes aren’t really the most important thing,’ Schatz says, ‘The most important things are the stories and the sentiments behind the recipes.’”
Down East Magazine

“While the recipes are as interesting as they are varied, the true treasures in this crowdfunded compilation...lie in the stories behind the recipes, as told by the Mainers who submitted them. Together, these recorded memories weave a tapestry of community connections facilitated by food.”
Edible Maine

Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook Set for Release on June 16

Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook Set for Release on June 16

More than 200 Local Recipes Help Celebrate Maine’s Culinary Past, Present, and Future 

Yarmouth, Maine (May 21, 2020)—The Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook, a testament to home cooking and an homage to the community cookbook tradition of Maine, is scheduled for official release on June 16.

The cookbook, which is being distributed by Islandport Press, features more than 200 family recipes drawn from local sources and range from Margaret Chase Smith Blueberry Muffins to Thai Fiddlehead Stir Fry to Lobster Crab Etouffee. The book also includes family photographs that capture both the joy of cooking and community spirit of the Pine Tree State.

To create the 288-page book, editors Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz, along with Don Lindgren, owner of Rabelais Books, worked for months to collect family recipes, food stories, and photos. Ultimately, they collected recipes and photos from kitchens across the length and breadth of Maine, ranging from everyday families and home cooks to award-winning chefs and notable Mainers.

The goal, in part, was to celebrate the community cookbook, which the editors say is based on three critical elements: A defined community, in this case, the state of Maine; recipes that come from that community; and that it helps raise funds for a cause that benefits the community, in this case, fighting hunger in Maine. Two dollars from every book sold will support organizations fighting hunger in Maine.

Hathaway and Schatz are the author and photographer of five books on food and farming including The Portland Maine Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from Casco Bay, The New Portland Maine Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Coast of Maine, The Food Lovers Guide to Maine, and The Year of the Goat: 40,000 Miles and the Quest for the Perfect Cheese. Since 2005, the couple has lived with their daughters on Ten Apple Farm, a homestead in southern Maine.

Islandport Press, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020, is a dynamic, award-winning publisher dedicated to stories rooted in the essence and sensibilities of New England. For more information, please call visit www.islandportpress.com or email info@islandportpress.com. 


Margaret Hathaway & Karl Schatz

About this Author

Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz are the husband and wife team behind five books on food and farming, including the memoir The Year of the Goat, the guide 

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