Acadia National Park

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Bring the flavors of Down East into your Kitchen with Maine Classics

August 23, 2011, 8:45 am

We all love the flavors of Maine. And the good news for all of us who are longing to evoke memories of a recent trip to Acadia and Bar Harbor—or to inspire a Maine vacation—is that there is a new way to bring those amazing flavors into your kitchen.

Maine Classics: More Than 150 Delicious Recipes from Down East offers a taste of all of your favorite flavors from the state, including blueberries, fiddlehead ferns, and—of course—lobster! With more than 150 simple, straightforward dishes, the cookbook brings the carefree spirit of those who work the land and sea to life. The recipes in Maine Classics are organized by category, making it easy to navigate to dishes from the shore, the sea, the forest, the farm, the garden, the dairy and the bakery.

But the cookbook goes beyond just recipes. It’s almost doubles as an arm-chair travel book, with beautiful scenic and culinary photographs, stories about the region, how-to snippets ranging from shucking oysters, setting up a root cellar and foraging for woodland veggies. Maine Classics also includes vignettes on Maine’s food culture and stories of farmers, lobstermen, cheesemakers and old-school bakers.

The authors, Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier (also known as Mark and Clark) run Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine. They say the people they feature in the cookbook "infuse our cooking and inspire us to explore our own culinary legacies."

Some of our favorite recipes include Ham with Fried Apples, Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Corn Fritters with Maple Syrup, Pickled Fiddlehead Ferns and Butternut Squash Donuts with Maple Syrup. And, we’ve managed to get our hands on the recipe for the Blueberry-Thyme Muffins, a slightly savory—and delicious—twist on the original.

To find a copy of Maine Classics at a bookstore near you, visit indiebound.org.

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