A prized—and prize-winning—culinary history guaranteed to excite the interest of any New Englander, this is a lively, handsome collection of venerable recipes and narrative.
Exploring one of America’s great regional cuisines, Saltwater Foodways deals not only with what goes on in the kitchen, but with food at every stage: gathering, growing, preserving, and—afterwards—the traditions of the table. The large book (8 ½” x 12”, 440 pages) is picture-filled—more than 200 old engravings, color shots of cooked dishes, and historically related black-and-white photographs.
The book’s author and compiler is Sandra Oliver (1947– ), Connecticut-born and a long-time resident of a Maine island. She trained and then taught culinary history at Connecticut’s highly respected Mystic Seaport Museum, which published her book in 1995. She also established (and mainly wrote) a substantial newsletter, The Food History News (1989–2010).
In recognition of Oliver’s meticulous research, her energetic writing, and her contribution to the preservation of delicious old New England anecdotes and folklore, Saltwater Foodways received from the International Association of Cooking Professionals its 1996 Julia Child award for Literary Writing.
This is a signed first printing copy in Very Good Plus condition with a Very Good dust jacket, softening a bit around the edges. An outstanding book that was always one of Nach Waxman’s personal favorites.