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Lobster Rolls And Blueberry Pie: Three Generations of Recipes and Stories from Summers on the Coast of Maine Paperback – Mar 16 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; 1 edition (March 16 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006051583X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060515836
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #657,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Half seafood cookbook and half family history, this volume's greatest strength is in the recipes for over 70 dishes that define New England summers-corn on the cob, salt-crusted shrimp, and lots of lobster-reproduced here in honor of Charles's family's summertime trips to Maine. Charles, owner and head chef of the widely hailed Pearl Oyster Bar in Manhattan, offers her hard-drinking, quick-learning adventures in the restaurant business in the memoir portion of the book, and though they will be nothing new to Kitchen Confidential fans, they make for a piquant prelude to her recipes. The book gets a little bogged down, however, in the chapters that detail early family trips to Maine. Although Charles's desire to tell her family's story is heartfelt, she often leaves out important details, such as dates and introductions to the characters, that would make the narrative easier to follow. The story alternates from intriguing family explorations (how did the author's family locate the one hotel in the Kennebunk region of Maine that accepted Jews in the 1920's?) to textbook historical notes that don't quite mesh with the personal tone. Readers will wonder, too, about such asides as when she mentions her one-time estrangement from both parents ("I discovered my father's death in the late 1980s quite by accident"). Still, when the focus is on the food that Charles loves, the book is an accessible and authoritative guide to seafood preparation, as Charles offers not only divine recipes, from Pearl Oyster Bar Cocktail Sauce to Blueberry Crumble Pie, but tips on selecting (never buy wet scallops), cleaning (leverage is the key to shucking oysters) and preparing (don't marinate fish much more than 30 minutes) all types of seafood. B&w and color photos.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

“Deliciously entertaining. A novel with recipes.” (USA Weekend)

“Will remind you of the best summers you ever had.” (O, The Oprah Magazine)

“I remember Rebecca’s grandmother Pearle...made the best shortbread cookies, and Rebecca’s book is just as delicious as those cookies!” (Beverly Sills)

“A charming memoir of summers spent on the coast of Maine.” (Daily News)

“Personal and evocative.” (San Francisco Examiner)

“A satisfying mix of memoir and cookbook.” (Boston Globe)

“A charming, well written account of three generations of women and their summer adventures in Kennebunkport.” (Portland Phoenix)

“A book bound to leave readers feeling that summer just can’t come soon enough.” (Los Angeles Times)

“A homespun travelogue that’s breezy, practical and likely to charm even armchair gourmands not partial to the beach.” (Baltimore Sun)

“A pleasure to read. . . . You’ll have this book plastered open on your kitchen counter all summer.” (New York Times)

“An interesting, mouth-watering read.” (Bangor Daily News)

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BY ALL ACCOUNTS, MY GREAT UNCLE, SAM GOLDSMITH, THE BROTHER OF MY GRANDFATHER SOLOMON, HAD A GREAT APPETITE, NOT JUST FOR FOOD LIKE EVERYONE ELSE IN MY FAMILY, BUT FOR LIFE IN GENERAL. Read the first page
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By A Customer on May 27 2004
Format: Hardcover
Somehow I missed, when I ordered this book, that it's really about one woman's reflections on family summers in Maine and the restaurant she eventually founded, none of which meant or mean anything to me. The book is mostly reminiscenses and some recipes, and I guess I was looking for JUST recipes, and none of the rest. So it really isn't interesting to me personally and I will just resell my copy. However, if you know the woman, know the restaurant, or for some other reason care about those components to it, you would probably greatly enjoy it, as others here clearly have. For my part, I'll read the "New England Clam Shack Cookbook," which is much more in keeping with what I was looking for. Light on the reminiscences of family history, heavy on the recipes and light general trivia about New England.
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I'm not certain what book reviewer Laura Cella bought, but there are more than 75 recipes in this fabulous book, INCLUDING the Pearl Oyster Bar LOBSTER ROLL (page # 209) and their famous BLUEBERRY CRUMBLE PIE (page # 108.) My cover has a photo of the blueberry crumble pie right on the front. The oyster roll recipe also appears in the book, as well as a wonderful Blackberry Nectarine Crisp (which I just made using peaches instead of nectarinses and it came out great!) and all of the recipes for which Pearl Oyster Bar has been named one of the best restaurants in New York City. I travel to NYC once a month and never miss the chance to eat there. This book was a joy from beginning to end. Ms. Cella's review should be immediately removed for erroneous information. Buy the book, you'll love it!
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By David W. Bearman on March 12 2004
Format: Hardcover
BEING FROM THE MIDWEST I HAVE DEVELOPED A LOVE OF THE OCEAN, ESPECIALLY THE SHORES OF MAINE. I HAVE BEEN TO MAINE ON SEVERAL SUMMER TRIPS. NOW IT ZERO OUTSIDE WITH A WIND CHILL OF 20 BELOW. (NATIVE CHICAGOIANS CALL IT THE HAWK) EVEN MY BULLDOG DOESNT WANT TO GO OUT. SO, I HAVE JUST PURCHASED THIS BOOK AND I AM IMMEDIATELY TRANSFORMED. IT FEELS LIKE IT IS JULY AND I AM AT THE SHORE. SO I GET OFF MY COUCH (MY BULLDOG DOESNT EVEN WANT TO GET INTO THE CAR) GO TO THE LOCAL FISH HOUSE, PICK UP A POUND OF LOBSTER MEAT AND MAKE A ROLL. I MAKE A PITCHER OF THE HOME MADE LEMONADE AND HAVE A FEAST. I CANT WAIT UNTIL THE BLUEBERRIES GO BELOW SEVEN DOLLARS A PINT SO I CAN MAKE THAT BLUEBERYY PIE. GREAT READ IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER.
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Even the title LOBSTER ROLLS AND BLUEBERRY PIE makes our mouths water! What a gorgeous book, filled with exquisite stories and photography and, best of all, recipes from one of our very favorite restaurants in New York City. Chef-owner Rebecca Charles of Pearl Oyster Bar on Cornelia Street in Manhattan is a passionate cook, and her passion comes through on every page of this very special book. We're planning to give it as gifts to friends who we know would share our enjoyment of a virtual getaway to the Maine Coast. Bravo, Rebecca and Deborah!
--James Beard Award-winning authors Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page
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I love the Pearl Oyster Bar and go everytime I visit New York City. Just like Mario Batali says on the back cover, it's the best lunch spot around. So when I saw this in Amazon's cooking section, I was thrilled! This book is summer, the beach, and the ocean, which you swear you can hear in the background as you read. What a great story! I can't imagine not being allowed to stay in a hotel because I'm Jewish. As for the food, have made half dozen or so of the recipes already and they have turned out really well. The chef has great tips for cooking fish and gets to them without a lot of daunting culinary verbage.
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Lobster Rolls and Blueberry Pie is more then just a cookbook, but a wonderfully blended compilation of stories and recipes from Rebecca Charles childhood in Maine. The stories give context to the food that is described here and motivates one to experiment with this type of cuisine. I have never spent a summer in Maine, but after creating a few meals with the book and sharing some of the related stories with gathered guests, I feel like I have insight into this historic American culture. A must have for any cook or foodie!
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