Sandy Oliver: Maine Home Cooking


SPL Seaside Series: weekly open-air events in Small Cove Park every Wednesday in July and August

From 12.00 pm until 1.00 pm

Marjorie, Brownie, and Me: What Newspaper Food Writers Do With All Those Recipes

Sandy Oliver’s cookbook, Maine Home Cooking, evolved from her weekly column in the Bangor Daily News. Sandy will talk about how the column came into being, what she learned and still does, from her readers, and how it followed in the tradition of two other Maine food writers—Marjorie Standish and Mildred "Brownie" Schrumpf who also wrote for newspapers and compiled the recipes into books. Maine Home Cooking will be reprinted in spring 2023, and Sandy hopes to begin work soon on two more cookbooks largely based on the column in the paper.

Sandy Oliver is a gardener, cook and freelance food writer and food historian with a weekly column in the Bangor Daily News, and is a regular columnist in the pages of the Working Waterfront published by the Island Institute, and writes for other Maine publications. She has authored several books of food history, including the prize-winning Saltwater Foodways: New Englanders and Their Food in the 19th Century; Food in Colonial and Federal America, and she co-authored Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving History from Pilgrim to Pumpkin Pie. Her cookbook Maine Home Cooking, was published by DownEast Books. She lives on Islesboro where she raises vegetables for market on Pretty Good Farm.

SPL's Seaside Series is free and open to all. We encourage participants to bring their own seating—a camp chair or even just a blanket—plus enough sunscreen and bug spray to keep them happy. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors to SPL.

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