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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (September 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589809742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589809741
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 8.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States and home to about 350 species of fish and shellfish. The blue crab is probably the best known of these. This savory journey through Maryland's blue crab culture includes a collection of more than one hundred recipes and a tribute to one of the United States' oldest industries.

Judy Colbert shares the story of the crab from trap to kitchen table, exploring the history of the Chesapeake crab industry, how to eat crabs, and a day in the life of a local crabber. A list of area festivals and a glossary of crab-related terms accompanies anecdotes representing the lighter side of a region where crustaceans are serious business.

Featuring how-to tips on buying, catching, and cooking crabs, Colbert entices you to create the perfect crab dish. From staple crab fare such as Soft-Shell Crab Imperial and Chesapeake Crab Cake to the more exotic Crab Crï me Brï lï e, award-winning appetizers, soups, and entrï es have been contributed by professional chefs and talented locals with a true appreciation for Bay-style dishes.

Judy Colbert is an award-winning author/photographer who has written extensively on the Chesapeake Bay area. A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Society of Professional Journalists, she has written articles for several regional, national, and international publications, including PropTalk and SpinSheet magazines. Colbert has also served as a travel expert on Good Morning America and Arthur Frommer's Travel. She lives in Crofton, Maryland.

From the Back Cover

Blue crabs are one of the most popular forms of marine life in the Chesapeake Bay area, home to the oldest seafood industry in the United States. Festivals and cook-offs populate the calendar during the peak harvest season from May to December.

In a collection of interviews and museum profiles, author Judy Colbert reveals the bay's unique history, highlighting English settlement and the Great Depression as key contributors to the waterway's impact on national development. Also featured are favorite recipes from award-winning chefs, Bay-area foodies, contest winners, and people with a distinct love of Chesapeake Bay crabs. From crab cakes and crab remoulade to deviled crab and flounder stuffed with crab, this encyclopedic volume of food and heritage leaves nothing out.

More About the Author

My next two books to reach the book stores are "Chesapeake Bay Crabs" cookbook, from Pelican Publishing (due September 30, 2011) and the 11th edition of "Virginia Off the Beaten Path" from Globe Pequot Press (due October 4, 2011). I will be signing copies of "Chesapeake Bay Crabs" at Sam's Club in Annapolis, Maryland, on October 15 from 10 am to 12 noon and at Costco in Hanover, Maryland (Arundel Mills), also on October 15 from 2 to 4 pm. It's hard back, 123 recipes (including a crab creme brulee dessert) and lots of photos. Great gift - have all your shopping done by mid October! Please stop by and say hello.

I'm a naturally curious person and I figure if I find something fascinating to me I can try to make it fascinating for you. Primarily, I consider myself a travel writer although my articles rarely appear in travel sections or publications. My articles might be about hotels that provide child-proofing services or where you can buy that wonderfully comfortable pillow from your favorite hotel.

I love it when someone says, "I didn't know that."

I've written about Super Bowl trivia and grocery shopping cart design trends. I have not written about mud wrestling. I've written for the Internet, international and national publications, and more than a dozen books.

A vast army of friends and associates (and some research) keep me informed about what's happening as it's happening. You're encouraged to contribute to my knowledge or suggest a topic or magazine looking for a writer.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on January 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
There are more than 100 recipes in this book to acquaint you with one of the Chesapeake's wonders - the blue crab. There is a section that will tell you much about this crustacean - about the crabs themselves, the bay area, the people that live there, buying, catching, cooking, picking and soft shells. An index is included and a glossary and food tips and a listing of blue crab festivals all with photos.

Recipes include; breakfast, appetizer and dips, crab cakes, salads and sandwiches, soups, sauces, entrees and dessert. One could certainly find the perfect crab cake or crab dip recipe in here, as there are many of each and also varieties of crab soup.

Personally I would recommend Senator Barb's favorite crab cakes - it's the best, and her crab imperial too. Other favorites have been; manicotti with crab sauce, crabmeat and spaghetti and dreamy crab noodle casserole.
This has been a favorite cookbook of ours and makes a wonderful gift too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo on February 18, 2013
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I bought this as a Christmas gift for my sister. It is filled with beautiful pictures and plenty of recipes for the crab lover. Highly recommend.
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