Down East 2013 ©
Illustrated by Paul Hoffman
Unique, charming, and collectible-there’s no other way to describe community cookbooks. Each reflects the flavor of its town and the character of the people who produced it. Whether the book was put together by a church group, a historical society, or the Junior League, every collection showcases the best, most beloved recipes of those who contributed to it.
Given their individuality, these cookbook treasures are seldom found outside their home territory. But Sandra Taylor painstakingly tracked down more than 100 New England community cookbooks-many from private collectors-and selected 400 of the "best-of-the-best" recipes these collections had to offer. Among the gems you’ll find are: Quilter’s Potato Salad, Poppy Seed and Maple Syrup Bread, The Reverend Hall’s Clam Chowder, Apple and Walnut Scones, Yankee Pot Roast, Maple Baked Beans, Scalloped Oysters, Wellesley Fudge Cake, Beacon Hill Cookies, and Mother Shaw’s Baking Powder Biscuits.