Just before Mother’s Day, I arrived home to find a wonderful surprise in my mail box. The Countryman Press had sent me review copies of their latest New England publications. I settled into my favorite chair on Mother’s Day and splurged with a binge read of Lobster Shacks, a Road-Trip Guide to New England’s Best Lobster Joints and The New England Seafood Markets Cookbook. It was glorious – I was in seafood heaven! These two very entertaining books by Mike Urban, a well respected editor and writer, reveal just where to find the best lobster and clam shacks throughout New England and shares recipes from famous local seafood joints. Every New England cook and seafood enthusiast will treasure these books.
Calling all lobster lovers, it’s time to plan your summer road-trip to sample the best lobster in America! Sure you have your favorite lobster or clam shack that your family has visited for years…. but you could be missing another memorable experience just down the road a piece. Thanks to the updated and revised edition of Lobster Shacks, A Road-Trip Guide to New England’s Best Lobster Joints, finding the best lobster and clam shacks near you is a cinch.
Author Mike Urban gives insider tips, profiles and directions to 60 legendary lobster joints and clam shacks in 7 coastal regions of New England. All the renowned contenders are here, but you’ll also find wonderful off-the-beaten-path gems. You’ll be able to plan your road-trip from CT, through RI, on to Cape Cod, the North Shore, NH, and all the coastal regions of Maine. For each location, Mike shares the history, what makes the venue unique and exceptional, and in many cases shares prized recipes. What’s not to love – I think my favorite is the recipe for Bacon Bourbon Scallops shared by the Portland Lobster Company. I’m keeping this book handy for everywhere I roam in New England!
So now that I’m totally in-tune with my New England roots and the incomparable seafood that’s available here, it’s time to discover the prized legendary recipes from New England’s top seafood markets, lobster pounds, clam shacks and fish mongers. Mike Urban shares over 150 of the best seafood recipes made famous by seafood purveyors throughout New England. From chowder to lobster, from clams to cod, it’s all here – prized recipes developed over many years in family-owned seafood markets.
The cookbook is organized by dinner course and by type of seafood. If you have fresh Swordfish steaks for instance, just turn to the Salmon, Swordfish and Tuna chapter. I learned a new trick right away in the Starters section, as the Port Lobster Company in Kennebunkport shared their secret for making Baked Mussels – who knew they could be prepared in the oven! This could easily be the only seafood cookbook you will ever need for any region of the country. The New England Seafood Markets Cookbook is my new bible for preparing any fresh fish or shellfish that comes my way!
These books are sure to be New England classics and are available on Amazon and all major book sellers.