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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Down East Books (September 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892729171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892729173
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In her new book, Notes From a Maine Kitchen: Seasonally Inspired Recipes, food writer Kathy Gunst takes us into a year of her life as she cooks by the season and month, celebrating the bounty of Maine. And unlike her many recipe-driven cookbooks . . . this new book is a literary and life journey. (Seacoast Online)

So many cookbooks follow this same theme—chasing the public interest in seasonal, local foods—but readers will find Gunst's take on the trend and her conversational tone refreshing. The book basically illustrates, through the vehicle of food, what it's like to live in Maine year-round.
(Portland Press Herald)

Kathy Gunst's new cookbook, Notes From a Maine Kitchen: Seasonally Inspired Recipes, isn't just another collection of Maine recipes. It’s her love letter to her adopted home state, and to the kitchens all across the state that produce the food synonymous with Maine.
(Emily Burnham Bangor Daily News, 9/13/11)

Notes from a Maine Kitchen is a celebration of Maine’s local foods and way of life from an accomplished chef. Not only will the book bring readers into the kitchen time and again to whip up a meal but it will also bring them to their favorite armchair to savor the thoughtful and sometimes amusing essays on Maine life. (Lee E. Cart The New Maine Times, 2/8/12)

Kathy Gunst’s cookbook is filled with delicious and approachable recipes. Approaching cuisine with a focus on the finest of what Maine has to offer throughout the year, her food is a celebration through every season. (L. Dunn dunnright.wordpress.com, 5/28/12)

If you enjoy cooking rich, nourishing food, if you enjoy a good narrative, if you want to learn more about the fascinating state of Maine...you'll find Notes From A Maine Kitchen a must read. (Julia’sjourneyblog, 3/12/12)

About the Author

Kathy Gunst lives in South Berwick, Maine. She is the author of thirteen cookbooks.

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Kathy is a wonderful writer, you can't go wrong with this book.
M. Smith
I can't wait for next spring when I will venture out looking for ramps--and then refer to Kathy's book in order to cook them.
Karen K. Billipp
It has great recipes and wonderful stories about Maine foods, both cultivated and wild.
Downeastah

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amber Dahlin, founder of Writing Adventures on October 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What a delicious book! It's fun just to see the recipes for Maine foods like smelt and ramps. I made the potato-leek soup and pumpkin-seed brittle for friends and now they think I can cook. But what really makes me love the book are the stories Kathy tells about living in Maine: fishing, hiking in the rain, and making blueberry pie in an isolated cabin. She is a lyrical writer, and I savored each account.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael L on December 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have read and have several other books by Kathy and she knows her stuff. This book is easily as good if not better than the others.I highly recommend this book for reading and recipes. Kathy knows how to write so that you are engaged and excited to try recipes that you haven't. Most all of the recipes work without changing them at all, that tells me what a great cook she is. Go get. Thanks Kathy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Schipper on October 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
It's rare to read something that captures a state's magic in words, rarer still to find a book that pairs captivating storytelling with recipes that actually make you want to bring the book into the kitchen and cook. Seldom is one book simultaneously so welcome on bedside and kitchen tables... now I just have to figure out how to get chocolate cake crumbs out of the creases in my bedspread.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marie Harris on October 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
There are all sorts of pleasures to be had between the covers of NOTES FROM A MAINE KITCHEN.
Kathy Gunst's recipes are created from the bounties of Maine's sea and soil. They are wonderful
adventures into culinary Maine, month by month. And the essays that accompany each
section afford the reader quirky, personal, warm and often very funny stories of the people--
family, friends, fishermen, mushroom hunters, bakers--who are many of the recipes' "collaborators."
This book is an original!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Smith on June 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I started reading these recipes and delightful stories in bed, thinking they would lull me to sleep. Instead she had me salivating by the third chapter and itching to get into the kitchen. I've since purchased multiple copies for family and friends and have made several of the recipes for my own family. Kathy is a wonderful writer, you can't go wrong with this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Downeastah on December 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I live in Maine, and I love this book. But you don't need to live here to appreciate it. It has great recipes and wonderful stories about Maine foods, both cultivated and wild. It's a terrific way to learn the backstory on some of our best known foods like lobster, maple syrup and the elusive ramp. Since it's divided into 12 chapters corresponding to the 12 months of the year, some folks I know are savoring it by reading one chapter a month. But it's great no matter what order you follow.
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