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The New England Clam Shack Cookbook: Favorite Recipes from New England Clam Shacks, Lobster Pounds, and Chowder Houses



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Stop any Yankee on the street and ask the name of his or her favorite restaurant, and you'll be directed to a Connecticut clam shack . . . or a Maine lobster pound . . . or a Massachusetts chowder house. In these rustic eateries, you find the freshest seafood prepared according to classic, decades-old, family recipes. Mountains of whole-belly fried clams. Steaming bowls of rich, creamy chowder. Sweet lobster boiled in seawater. Fresh, succulent cod fillets fried golden brown. In THE NEW ENGLAND CLAM SHACK COOKBOOK, author and native New Englander Brooke Dojny presents traditional New England fare as it is served up in 25 classic seafood eateries. With a little cajoling, Dojny managed to get the owners to reveal their recipes for such Yankee favorites as chowder (clear, red, and white), lobster rolls, fried clams, sweet New England crab, broiled mackerel, and garlicky mussels. Then there are the side dishes: perfect cole slaw and onion rings, pickled beets, and red bliss potato salad. Of course, no book on Yankee cuisine would be complete without a chapter on those famous New England desserts - apple crisp, Indian pudding, wild blueberry pie, whoopie pies, and a whole lot more. Along the way, Dojny weaves together the history of these restaurants with local lore. She profiles fishermen and cooks. She weighs in on the Great New England Seafood Debates: red chowder vs. white chowder vs. clear chowder; batter-fried clams vs. crumb-fried clams. Scattered throughout the book are sidebars that offer practical advice on how to re-create great New England seafood in your own kitchen: the proper way to clean and shuck clams, the basics of frying fish fillets. THE NEW ENGLAND CLAM SHACK COOKBOOK will make you want to drop what you're doing, grab your car keys, and head for the New England coast.<

Author Biography

Brooke Dojny, coauthor since 1990 of Bon Appetit's Every-Night Cooking column, is the author or coauthor of more than a dozen cookbooks, including The New England Cookbook and AMA Family Cookbook, which won the James Beard Award in 1997.

Table of Contents

Foreword viii
Susan Herrmann Loomis
Preface Traveling on My Stomach x
Clam Shacks, Lobster Pounds, and Chowder Houses Defined
Snacks, Appetizers, and First Courses
Yankee Chowders, Seafood Stews, and Soups
Top-Loaded Seafood Rolls and Other Sandwiches
Lobster, Clams, and Other Shellfish
Fish Fried and Broiled, and One Great Grilled Chicken
One-Dish Seafood Wonders
Traditional Accompaniments
Best of the Best Old-Fashioned Yankee Desserts
Appendixes Geographic Listing of New England Clam Shacks, Lobster Pounds, and Chowder Houses 206(1)
Credits 207(1)
Resources 208(1)
Index 209

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