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The American Lighthouse Cookbook: The Best Recipes and Stories from America's Shorelines Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Food writer and editor Epstein and chef Jackson set out to document the flavors found along Americas coastlines but they ended up with much more: a state-of-the-nation snapshot, displaying all of the U.S.'s culinary peculiarities. Profiling 47 different lighthouses ringing the coast, many more than a hundred years old, the duo offer menus from all eras, showcasing local produce and regional favorites. Many are expected: Clam Chowder, Baked Beans and Crab Cakes from the Atlantic coast, Pulled Pork from the Carolinas, Conch Fritters from the Virgin Islands, traditional beanless Texas Chili, and Vegetarian Spring Rolls from California are included among nearly 300 recipes. Surprises include everything from Alligator Gumbo to Poached Peaches with Puff Pastry Biscuits and Lavender Cream. Menu diversions include a hunt club dinner menu from the 1930s (including oyster stew, roasted venison loin and shrimp paste with toast points) and a menu that salutes the Portugese fishermen of New England (Johnny Cakes, Kale and Chorizo soup, Grilled Bluefish topped with salsa). Those with a connection to the lighthouses profiled will get the most out of the book, but even landlubbers will find new favorites among this surprisingly rich haul of Americana cooking.
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"Those with a connection to the lighthouses profiled will get the most out of the book, but even landlubbers will find new favorites among this surprisingly rich haul of Americana cooking." - Publishers Weekly
"Whether you are a collector, lover of lighthouses, or really want to get into the history of regional foods, this book will make a nice addition to your library. I encourage you to take the time to read it through, the historical information is wonderful and there are many references that will cause you to pause and think differently about dishes that have been around for over a century." - Gourmet Girl
"A cookbook organized around an appealing concept that boasts a diverse assortment of 300 easy-to-follow recipes." - Insatiable
"It is clear that The American Lighthouse Cookbook is a labor of love by Epstein and Jackson, and it will become an indispensible resource for anyone who has even a casual interest in cooking." - San Antonio Book Review
"Beach lovers will treasure this charming book...Traditional recipes from each coastal region have been adapted by Jackson for easy home use." - Raleigh Metro Magazine
"A delicious trip around the nation's shorelines...Epstein and Jackson offer an historic perspective along with great regional menus including nearly 300 recipes." - Intermezzo
"The book is actually a primer on some of our more historic beacons-in this regard it is certainly one of a kind. The recipes are easy to follow, and truly are a compendium of regional dishes." - Falmouth Enterprise
" The American Lighthouse Cookbook: The Best Recipes and Stories from America's Shorelines was fun, grabbing recipes and inspiration from America's peninsulas and shores, tiny islands and various coastal regions of our country. It is bursting with the bounty of the sea-not a bad idea if you want to insert more Omega-3's into your diet. Or perhaps... as a cool coffee table book for those of you with island cabins..." - Talk of Tomatoes
"The book as a whole is nice blend of history, personal stories on the lighthouse keepers and regional recipes. There are over 300 recipes in the book, and as always the taste-testing process was the most time consuming but entirely enjoyable." - Kelly's Kitchen