Portland Maine Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes From Casco Bay


A fantastic collaboration between author Margaret Hathaway, photographer Karl Schatz and the great chefs of Portland, this beautiful cookbook gathers Portland’s best chefs and restaurants under one roof, featuring recipes for the home cook from nearly fifty of the city’s most celebrated restaurants and showcasing full-color photos of mouth-watering dishes, award-winning chefs, and lots of local flavor.

From the jacket:

A buzzing and energetic food community, Portland is Maine’s cultural and culinary heart. Stretched along the shore of picturesque Casco Bay, the city boasts an astonishing concentration of outstanding restaurants and a food community with a sense of camaraderie and purpose. The restaurants here span a diversity of flavors, enthusiasms, and price points. The reasons for this culinary convergence are many. Portland’s geographical location— water on both sides and close proximity to the farms of southern Maine—provides chefs with access to a large variety of local ingredients, from grass-fed beef to farmstead cheeses to the daily catch coming in on countless fishing boats. It’s a city of creative chefs with a commitment to using local ingredients.

Featured restaurants include: Artemesia Cafe • Aurora Provisions • Back Bay Grill • Bar Lola • Bayside Bowl • Bintliff’s American Cafe Blue Spoon • Boda • Bresca • Brian Boru • Caiola’s • Cinque Terre • David’s Restaurant • Duckfat • East Ender • El Rayo Taqueria • Emilitsa • The Farmer’s Table • Figa • Five Fifty-Five • Gorgeous Gelato • Grace • Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro • Havana South • Hot Suppa! • Hugo’s • Local 188 • Local Sprouts Cafe • Maple’s Organic • Nosh Kitchen Bar • Old Port Sea Grill • OTTO Pizza • Paciarino • Pepperclub/Good Egg Cafe • Petite Jacqueline • Ribollita • Rosemont Bakery • Safari • The Salt Exchange • Schulte & Herr • Silly’s Restaurant • Sonny’s • Taco Escobar • The Rooms • Vignola • Vinland • Zapoteca Restaurante y Tequileria

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What people are saying about Portland, Maine Chef’s Table:

“An amazing piece of work. It is marvelous to have all of Portland’s great eating brought together in one easy reference––and such a splendid celebration of all the good food in Portland kitchens, from contemporary ethnic to Down East comfort. Anyone who doubts Portland’s culinary preeminence has just to take a quick look at these brilliant offerings. And the photographs bring out all the vibrant life and color of this grand old lady, our much-loved Portland.” ––Nancy Harmon Jenkins, Maine food writer and author of The New Mediterranean Cookbook and Cucina del Sole: The Cuisines of Southern Italy

“It makes perfect sense that two people who have devoted their recent lives to good farming and good food in Maine would be just the right folks to create a great book about dining in Portland.” ––Don Lindgren & Samantha Hoyt Lindgren, Rabelais, Fine Books on Food & Drink

“Written in the words of an expert, Portland, Maine Chef’s Table is a beautiful acknowledgement of the city’s past while celebrating the excitement in Portland’s foodscape today. Hathaway has taken us through the cook’s entrance to the inner sanctum of Portland’s most innovative restaurants. Welcomed as part of the family, the chefs have shared their secret recipes––a glowing example of the spirit of collegiality that infuses Portland’s exciting food scene. The recipes are delectable and easy to follow, with mouthwatering photos that tempt you to find the closest farmer’s market––you’ll just want to start cooking! This book is an extraordinary culinary who’s who in Maine. Simply start at page one and take a delicious tour. You’ll come away with an education in Maine’s traditions and triumphs. Portland, Maine’s Chef’s Table will take you on an epicurean adventure you can experience one delightful plate at a time.” ––Cynthia Finnemore Simonds, author of Delicious Maine Desserts: 96 Recipes, from Easy to Elaborate and Superb Maine Soups: Innovative Recipes from Simple to Sumptuous.

“Though by now it is common knowledge that Portland is home to a progressive, ever-growing food community, it is refreshing to see such an impressive array of restaurants represented in this book. Equally exciting is the diversity of the cuisine prepared by these chefs, with the scope of the recipes lending themselves to any given night and any manner of craving. With that being said, who wants to come over for some of Emilitsa’s Moussaka?” ––Joe Ricchio, Food Editor, Maine Magazine & Host of Food Coma TV

“Hathaway and Schatz lead a delectable tour of America’s foodiest small city. A feast for eyes and mouth alike.” ––Colin Woodard, author of The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators & the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier and American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

“Portland Chef’s Table shows the depth and diversity of Portland’s restaurant community. I enjoyed reading the back stories behind some of my favorite restaurants and any home cook will delight in recreating dishes from venues across the city. Flipping through the pages of beautiful photography makes me hungry for more.” ––Anestes Fotiades, Editor of Portland Food Map, www.portlandfoodmap.com