The Maine Summers Cookbook: Recipes for Delicious, Sun-Filled Days

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  • The bestselling mother-daughter duo offers delicious homespun summertime recipes in their new cookbook featuring cuisine from their island in Maine. From blueberries to lobsters, kitchens everywhere will now be able to enjoy the delicious food of Maine. Between her three New York Times bestsellers and her role in the Discovery Channel's current hit series Swords, Linda Greenlaw has undoubtedly become America's best-known fisherman. In The Maine Summers Cookbook, Linda once again teams up with her mother, Martha, to welcome readers everywhere into the kitchen on their very small island. After agonizingly long winters, summer in Maine is a magical time when fresh swordfish, shrimp, lobster, clams, blueberries, and other seasonal produce bursting with flavor fill the Greenlaws' kitchen. Linda and Martha share their favorite recipes for these blissful days. Some are tried and true family heirlooms while others are more recent twists on coastal New England cuisine-but every one captures the sensational tastes that go hand in hand with the season. From snacks and refreshing cocktails for lingering sunsets such as Schoolhouse Shore Clam Dip and Strawberry-Mint Sparkling Lemonade to mouthwatering starters such as Grilled Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms, and from simple but elegant entrées such as Blackened Swordfish with Blueberry Chutney to indulgent desserts such as Mile-High Strawberry Pie, these delectable recipes are tailored for the home cook. And, of course, this collection wouldn't be complete without Linda and Martha's favorite lobster roll recipe. Ninety gorgeous four-color photographs and delightful essays chock-full of Linda's salty wit and Martha's kitchen wisdom round out this lavish feast, making The Maine Summers Cookbook an irresistible treat for everyone with a zest for good food and good living-any time of year.
  • Author:
    Linda Greenlaw
    Martha Greenlaw
    The Maine Summers Cookbook: Recipes for Delicious, Sun-Filled Days
    Item Height:
    0.77 inches
    Item Length:
    9.2 inches
    Item Weight:
    1.71 pounds
    Item Width:
    7.76 inches
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    Package Height:
    0.9 inches
    Package Length:
    9.5 inches
    Package Weight:
    1.75 pounds
    Package Width:
    7.8 inches

Recent User Reviews

  1. justpj
    "Fun in the Sun and the Kitchen"
    Pros - delightful regional recipes, beautiful photography
    Cons - some items are VERY regional, but most are available nationwide
         When you pick up a cookbook, do you open it with all the enthusiasm of opening the refrigerator when looking for a late night snack?   So often this happens to me, because I am used to opening a cookbook only to be disappointed with what is inside.  The Maine Summers Cookbook did not disappoint me; in fact, it may have rekindled the old cooking flames in my heart again. 

         This book is a delightful trip not only to Maine and its delicious local delicacies, but to the Isle au Haut and its special island flair.  The book weaves insights into island life in Maine while including many of the recipes for the food that always binds friends and family to their roots.  Don’t misunderstand me, this is not full of old fashioned dull same old same old recipes.  This mother and daughter team have some of the most inventive creative twists on all my favorite Maine ingredients. 

                Having spent my entire life in Maine, I may be a little partial to those things that make Maine special, our succulent lobster, fresh fish, clams, small but flavorful Maine shrimp, blueberries and all the other wonderful things Maine has to offer.  This book uses them all.  It begins with cocktails and goes on to divulge recipes for scrumptious appetizers, main, and side dishes, and elegant desserts, and  ALL with that special Maine flair.

                The photography not only highlights the food but also captures some glimpses of island life at its finest. The food pictured makes each dish a tempting sight, but the island pictures make you want to be there to experience the lovely view.   These are simple people living the good life. 

                I highly encourage you to purchase a copy of The Maine Summers Cookbook.  You won’t be disappointed.  If you are “from away” ,as we Mainers say, you may just find that, after reading this book, you are planning a trip to sample some of Maine and it fine food for yourself.  It’s “WICKED” good! Ayuh.

    Stuffed Lazy Lobster

    1 heaping cup salted pretzel sticks, crushed

    One 10 ounce can plain bread crumbs

    2 teaspoons salt

    ¼ cup fresh lobster tamale

    4 pounds fresh lobster meat

    1 ½ pounds (6 sticks) unsalted butter

    ½ teaspoon sugar

    Preheat the oven to 425 F.

    Mix together the crushed pretzels, bread crumbs, 1 ½ teaspoon salt, and lobster tamale in a medium bowl.  Mix until all the lumps disappear.

    Cut lobster meat into bite sized pieces.  Heat 1 pound of the butter in a large skillet and add lobster meat, sugar, and the remaining ½ teaspoon of salt.  Sauté for 15 minutes, keeping the heat rather low.  The liquid will turn rosy yellow.

    Divide the hot lobster among twelve 6 ounce ramekins.   Place the ramekins in a large boiler pan.  Pour the lobster liquid over each dish.  Top each with the lobster stuffing.  Bake for 10 minutes, or until the stuffing browns. 

    When ready to serve, melt the remaining ½ pound butter and pour it over the browned tops.

      Serves 12


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