The American Lighthouse Cookbook by Becky Sue Epstein (and giveaway)
I have a natural affinity for lighthouses. Anywhere we visit that has a light house is fair game for me to make pictures, stand on the shore and gaze at it in wonder or wander around their grounds. Thankfully, all the lighthouses we have visited have been open to the public! As a lover of the coast, I try to sample local dishes and am amazed by the ingenuity and creativity of some of these recipes. Finding The American Lighthouse Cookbook made me want to dive in and begin sampling recipes. This cookbook, written by Becky Sue Epstein and Ed Jackson, is a lighthouse lover’s dream come true. Divided into five sections and covering forty seven lighthouses around the country, including lighthouses from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, features around 300 tried and true recipes passed down through the years. Some of them are over 200 years old but adapted to modern cooking standards.
|I have spent many hours by this lighthouse.
We’ve spent a lot of hours around the St. Simon’s lighthouse over the years. It is conveniently located near the public library where I could grab a book to read while the kids played on the playground. The walking path passes directly by the lighthouse and the kids have gazed up at the lighthouse many times, usually wondering aloud if “it is spooky after dark.” When it was dark they spent time reflecting on whether the lighthouse had a ghost. (Supposedly, yes.) Naturally, we were thrilled to see if had been included among the Southeast Atlantic Region selection. We immediately turned over to this chapter because my daughter wanted to make sure the recipes were ones Southerners actually ate. We found recipes for Low Country Boil, Easy Peach Cobbler, Baked Vidalia Onions, Peanut Soup and Black-Eyed Peas and Bacon. While my daughter objected over the addition of Peanut Soup, she did suggest I make a Low Country Boil.
I appreciated the authors’ dedication to researching the lighthouses included in the book. Each chapter begins with a short history of the lighthouse followed by at least five recipes. The menus vary by chapter, covering all meal periods from breakfast through dinner. A paragraph explaining the meal is covered directly above the recipes and helpful tips are found on the margins of many pages. The book is arranged geographically, beginning with the Northeast Atlantic region and ending with the Great Lakes region. While some of the recipes are designed for advance chefs, many of the recipes are simple, easy to prepare and designed for beginning skill levels. This book is a fascinating journey through the world of lighthouses with plenty of good recipes to enjoy while you read.
One person will receive a copy of The American Lighthouse Cookbook.
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