Maine Foodways

Foodway is the term used to describe the ideas and customs surrounding food. It refers to the way a culture thinks about and prepares their food in an informal manner.

Are you interested in the history of food, it's preparation and the general culture of cooking? Check out the links below and explore traditional Maine foodways.

Basic Foodway Links

Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project
http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/cookbooks/index.html

Food History News - Sandra Oliver's newsletter site
http://foodhistorynews.com/index.html
Be sure to check out Oliver's definitive book Saltwater Foodways

Food Timeline - Lynne Oliver's clickable general food history timeline.  http://www.foodtimeline.org/

Maine Folklife Center: Foodways Research
http://www.umaine.edu/folklife/research/foodways-research-a-taste-of-maine/

Acadian Culture in Maine: Foods
http://acim.umfk.maine.edu/foods.html

What's Cooking, America? - Linda Stradley's food history and recipe site  http://whatscookingamerica.net/  Just look up your favorite food.
Some pages like "Chowder" are pretty good-
http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/ChowderHistory.htm


Maine Specialties

Bakewell Cream (powdered leavening) made in Bangor and famous for biscuits
http://www.newenglandcupboard.com- the manufacturer's site

Baked Beans- B&M Baked Beans - http://www.bgfoods.com/bm/bm_history.asp
MOFGA / Common Ground - Bean Hole Beans - http://www.mofga.org/Default.aspx?tabid=659

Lumberman’s Legacy- Beanhole Beans from the Fisherman’s Voice
http://www.fishermensvoice.com/0811LumbermansLegacyBeanHoleBeans.html

Canning: A Maine Industry - an exhibit slide show by Andrew Patrick at MaineMemory.net
or Early Fish Canneries in Brooklin by Jane Hooper.  Just search "canning"

New England Recipes - from Yankee Magazine
http://www.NewEngland.com/category/food/   read articles and get recipes on NE classics like beans and chop suey. Or use search to take a look at the variety of chowder recipes

If you can find it, a number of years ago Yankee had a great comparative article on chowder styles from around New England. Apparently it is not available on the internet so look for an old print copy

Donuts may not have actually been invented in Maine - but maybe the hole was. Check this story out!
The History of the Donut
- http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-history-of-the-doughnut-150405177/?no-ist
From an old newspaper account- http://historybuffet.com/doughnut-hole-inventor-gregory/

Gulf of Maine Aquarium: How to Eat Lobster - there are a billion of these sites out there but the GMA isn't making a living selling lobsters
http://octopus.gma.org/lobsters/eatingetc.html

Hot Dogs - yep, but only the nuclear red kind!
http://bangordailynews.com/2012/08/17/business/bangor-companys-red-snapper-hot-dogs-are-a-beloved-taste-of-maine/

Italian Sandwiches:
http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/HoagieSubmarinePoBoy.htm (But don't believe that picture!!!)
In search of ... The definition of Italian by Andy King - Portland Phoenix
http://www.portlandphoenix.com/food/dining/documents/03199201.asp
or the Amato's Sandwich Shops site
http://www.amatos.com/story/

Pilot Crackers- Read how Nabisco keeps trying to deep 6 a necessary Maine food staple and the efforts to set them right by a Maine island!
http://www.chebeague.org/crownpilot.html

Whoopie Pies
Labadie's Bakery -the (reported) home of the original whoopie pie - http://www.labadiesbakery.com/
Linda Stradley's take on whoopie pies - http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/WhoopiePieHistory.htm


Government & Other Official Sites

Maine Dept. of Agriculture marketing page - http://www.getrealmaine.com

Maine Lobster Promo Council
http://www.mainelobsterpromo.com

Maine Pomological Society
http://www.maineapples.org/

Maine Potato Board
http://www.mainepotatoes.com

MOFGA -http://www.mofga.org/


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