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Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town and on the Road Paperback – April 1, 2014
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"I'll be honest - fromaway.com is the only food blog I read. Where else can I learn the secrets of making braised short ribs while simultaneously being reminded just how much I love the McDonald's Filet o' Fish?" --Joe Ricchio, Food Editor, Maine Magazine
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This book features more than 100 recipes, more than 50 restaurant reviews, 10 food-themed road trips through Maine, and scores of menu suggestions for the holiday celebrations through a Maine year.
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Not so here. The Bedells have brought something to the table for every foodie; recipes, food-centric road trips and restaurant reviews. The whole package makes me want to book a flight, rent a car and see what, I would guess, most of us have been missing in not visiting Maine!
From a recipe standpoint, the Bedells nailed it. They have included interesting fare (Rosemary Olive Oil Cake with Chocolate Ganache? Watermelon Salad Bites?) that is also ACCESSIBLE (a fact that is often, infuriatingly, not the case in many cookbooks). There is no need to scour the deepest recesses of a dimly lit exotic food store looking for an ingredient you can't pronounce, let alone perhaps afford. No, the recipes herein are straightforward, diverse and intriguing. And while, depending on where you live, you might not be able to use the lobster recipes for more than special occasions, the occurrence will be well worth the effort. Personally, I look forward to trying the Cranberry Cardamom Monkey Bread with Clementine Glaze and the Sun-Cooked Heirloom Tomato Pasta Sauce with almost giddy anticipation. One of their recipes, the Ancho Chile Pumpkin Pie, I am already familiar with and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Bedells remained true to the spirit of the recipe while also making it their own (flaked ancho instead of ground? Interesting!)
The additionally fun parts of this book, however, are the restaurant reviews and the road trips. If you go to Maine, take notes from this book for your culinary excursions. Better yet, plan your trip around some of the seasonal road trips (all of which make me hungry just reading about them) or include the tips derived from finding the best breakfast sandwich in Portland, or the surprising amount of Latin American cooking in our easternmost state
Finally, a mention about the book itself. It is impressive; substantial and engrossing (I hate brochures trying to pass themselves off as books). The Bedells are perfectly matched in their writing; each unique in style, but pleasingly complementary. The prose is witty, rich and evocative without being pretentious or tiresome. Mr. Bedell's photos are mouth-watering and comprehensive, but never over-stylized.
This is the Bedell's first book. I look forward to seeing how they will whet my appetite in the future.