Oliver shares ‘Maine Home Cooking’

Dec 07, 2012
Sandy Oliver is pictured cooking in her 19th-century kitchen on a vintage Dual Atlantic combination wood and gas stove.

Camden — Sandra L. Oliver of Islesboro, a pioneering food historian and freelance food writer whose “Taste Buds” column appears each weekend in the Bangor Daily News, will talk about Downeast cooking and her new book “Maine Home Cooking: 175 Recipes from Down East Kitchens” Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at the downtown Camden Public Library.

Oliver brings the traditions and recipes of generations of Maine home cooks to life in her new book,, which is peppered with funny and useful advice from her island kitchen and garden. Whether for a quick weekday meal or indulging in a verified New England feast, the recipes are a delicious way to eat well and experience the culinary lineage of Maine. Oliver also is the author of “Saltwater Foodways,” “The Food of Colonial and Federal America” and “Giving Thanks.” She will return to the library Jan. 29 as part of the library’s Discover History month to speak on the history of Maine’s food traditions. Her talks are filled with personal anecdotes and wide-ranging involvement gained through being a well-known columnist, essayist and author who has written for regional and national publications; and speaks throughout New England and beyond to historical societies, garden clubs, culinary groups, civic and arts organizations, libraries and book groups and adult education programs.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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