The season of Lent has traditionally been tied to the consumption of seafood. It is still the busiest time of year for our hometown Gorton’s of Gloucester, and with the water still cold it makes for a great time for fish – Catholic or not. So in order to kick off Lent I’m offering the kindle edition of my historic seafood cookbook: From Head To Tale for only 99 cents. It is over 300 pages of fish and shellfish recipes raging from the 15th-20th centuries and many of them are traditonal lenten (maigre) meals.
The special runs from March 2-9 and is only for the Kindle version. Try a new twist on Lent with some old ways of preparing fish!
After over a year of research, writing, editing and formatting, my largest work is finally complete. It is called From Head To Tale and is an historic seafood cookbook containing over four hundred recipes, arranged chronologically by species, including recipes for appetizers, salads, soups and sauces.
From the back cover:
From Head to Tale explores five centuries of Western seafood history through recipes compiled from European and North American cookbooks. Learn which species of fish and shellfish have remained popular through the centuries. See how ingredients, cooking methods and even recipe formats evolved over time. From timeless classics to forgotten Medieval dishes, From Head to Tale will reveal of trove any seafood lover will enjoy.
Now that the book is finished, I plan on using some of the proceeds to try some of these historic recipes, which I will post on my new website buyingseafood.com
From Head To Tale is now available on Amazon, and will also be sold at Essex Shipbuilding Museum gift shop starting in spring 2017.
Over the last year I have been researching and writing a historic seafood cookbook, which, unfortunately will not be ready in time for Christmas. It is by far the biggest writing project I’ve ever attempted and contains hundreds of recipes going back hundreds of years.
While the book is being finalized, I have also been working on a new website dedicated to seafood information as a tie-in. As part of the research process for the book (From Head to Tale) I have been compiling lots of vintage seafood illustrations and advertisements, which I’ve started to turn into a line of gifts and apparel over at my new store: Vintage Seafood. If you get a chance this busy holiday season, check out my new projects and let me know what you think.