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
Food History News - Sandra Oliver's newsletter site
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
Acadian Culture in Maine: Foods
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-
Bakewell Cream (powdered leavening) made in Bangor and famous for biscuits
http://www.newenglandcupboard.com- the manufacturer's site
Lumberman’s Legacy- Beanhole Beans from the Fisherman’s Voice
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
Hot Dogs - yep, but only the nuclear red kind!
http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/HoagieSubmarinePoBoy.htm (But don't believe that picture!!!)
In search of ... The definition of Italian by Andy King - Portland Phoenix
or the Amato's Sandwich Shops site
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!
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
Maine Pomological Society
Maine Potato Board