In addition to seafood, other dishes associated with the region were developed because of the unique lifestyle created by living along the water. The Smith Island cake, for example, was created as a sturdy dessert that fishermen could take aboard ship during their long days fishing the Chesapeake. Also, the wealthy landowners who first arrived in Maryland, seeking elegant dishes for their lavish dinner parties, concocted ingenious uses for the chickens, squirrels, muskrats, and produce available on the fertile lands along the Bay.
The book is not just about the past, however. The recent trend of sustainability and eating local has brought about a grassroots effort to preserve the delicate nature of the Chesapeake Bay. Modern techniques such as oyster farming and fishing invasive species to protect the indigenous flora and fauna will be explored.
Of course, recipes will be presented to not only illustrate classic dishes that developed over time, but also modern versions created by some of Maryland’s top chefs.
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About the Author
Neal Patterson, for many years a writer in the financial industry, is primarily a fiction writer. He's contributed to the anthologies The Dead Walk! and Hey Kids, Comics!, and the website, Channel 37: Serial Science Fiction from the Distant Reaches of UHF. He’s also the author of The Codename: Carla Casebook, published in 2014.
Together, the Pattersons are known as the Baltimore Dining Duo and have written for local magazines Discover Baltimore and Towson Life. They are the authors of Food Lovers' Guide to Baltimore and Baltimore Chef’s Table.
Table of Contents
About the Authors viii
Chef Biographies ix
Part 1 A Tale of Two Shores: The Backstory to Maryland's Chesapeake 1
Part 2 Maryland's Protein Factory 17
Never Mind the Mollusks: Here's the Chesapeake Oysters 17
Oyster Recipes 28
Blue Is the Color of Our Crab 47
Crab Recipes 65
One Fish, Two Fish, Rockfish, Bluefish 87
Fish Recipes 104
Part 3 Living off the Land 115
The Land of Pleasant Living: Farming on the Eastern Shore 116
Produce Recipes 132
A Chicken in Every Pot 149
Chicken Recipes 155
Part 4 Restoration and Protection 167
Invaders of the Deep: Invasive Species 168
Invasive Species Recipes 178
The Jewel in Maryland's Crown: Techniques for Preserving the Bay 182
Recipe Index 196