BELFAST – Jane Crosen, Maine mapmaker and author of the cookbook Maine Mapmaker‚Äôs Kitchen: Creative, healthy recipes for home, camp, and afloat, will be on hand at Beyond the Sea, 74 Main Street, in the gallery-caf√© from noon to 4 p.m. to sign copies of her cookbook and Penobscot Bay map posters.
Also available will be chef aprons and a selection of map T-shirts showing Penobscot Bay and its many islands.
The cookbook is a gathering of favorite recipes drawing on food traditions from around the world, using whole natural ingredients and local foods. From classic to rustic to purely original, the collection includes 350 recipes and variations, many of them simple enough to prepare in a camp kitchen or the galley of a small boat.
The book grew out of a small cookbook produced 20 years ago by Crosen and her husband and kitchen mate, Richard Washburn, the year of their wedding. They have been collaborating in the kitchen ever since.
The cookbook is practical and inviting, full of tips about growing and harvesting, storing and preparing food, raising ducks, camp cooking and menu planning, and foraging for berries and other wild foods.
A vegetarian during her late teens and twenties, Crosen gained experience in natural foods and ethnic cooking while living at the Findhorn community.
Her first book, Maine Mapmaker‚Äôs Kitchen joins a series of hand-drawn maps of Maine regions that Crosen has produced and self-published over the past 25 years. Decorations from the maps complement the recipes, along with a gallery of kitchen illustrations done in a similar style. A selection of these illustrations, with accompanying quotes, are featured on a series of hand-colored notecards as well.
Crosen‚Äôs cookbook, cards, aprons, and posters are available at Beyond the Sea and other local stores. For more information, call 207-338-2100 or 207-326-4850, or visit www.mainemapmaker.com.
Contact Name: Nanette, at Beyond the Sea
Telephone Number: (207)338-2100