The Portrait of a Restaurant series is a collection of fine-art photography cookbooks showcasing the character and flavors that can be found in towns throughout the country. Each chapter within the book presents a different season, with recipes arranged to complement the seasonal flair of both the food and the photography. The variety of recipes will demonstrate the epicurean diversity that can be found when dining in town.
Thomas and Mariah Roberts have been friends since age twelve. Born and raised in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the two traveled west after college. Three years in the Sierra Nevada Mountains¨skiing, hiking, biking, and, notably, cooking and baking¨prepared them for the next phase of their adventure: their return home to the region they love. In 2001, in a borrowed commercial kitchen, they began baking for local farmers' markets. In 2002, they opened the doors of Beach Pea Baking Company, which instantly became a mainstay of the Seacoast. In 2003, they married. Together they live their commitments¨to health, to community, to sustainability, and, of course, to baking.Brian Smestad was drawn to the art of photography at an early age, and by twenty-two he published his first book. From there he went on to establish his own publishing company, Blue Tree, LLC. The titles he's published exemplify his passion for artistry and his enthusiasm for travel. Smestad works in medium format using a Hasselblad and currently lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.