Do you like Italian food? Mexican? Chinese? How about French, Peruvian, or Norwegian? Recipes from all of these countries, and more, are in Sandy and Michael Jubinsky’s wonderful book: No Passports Required – Cooking Around the World in Maine, published by Maine Authors Publishing.
After Michael retired, he and Sandy opened the Stone Turtle Baking and Cooking School in Lyman, Maine. Sandy has extensive experience as a pastry chef, food taster, bakery manager, and food columnist.
I love the concept in this book. Each chapter starts with a Maine town named for another country, and then provides interesting stories and recipes for that country’s cuisine.
And boy, did this book make me hungry! From the smoked fish pate in Denmark to the Mussels Napolitano of Naples, and the Swedish meatballs to Poland’s Babci’s Pierogi to Mexico’s Blueberry Margarita and Chocolate Chili Banana Quesadillas, to China’s Peekytoe Crab Rangoon, I drooled all the way through the book.
And then I came to the Maine section with everything from beans baked in the ground (appropriately titled Bean Hole Suppah) to Whoopie Pies and Blueberry Cake – Yup, all my favorite Maine food is here, along with some new ones, including Moxie Barbecue Sauce. And of course, they include Tourtiere Pie.
I actually helped convince the legislature to designate the whoopie pie as our “state treat.”
After finishing reading the book, I hustled it over to Linda, with suggestions for recipes she should check out. Thank you Sandy and Michael!