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

Sandra Oliver's Saltwater Foodways is not an internet site, but it is one of the best, most definitive books in print about how New Englanders eat and have eaten since the first settlers. You can get a copy at your local book store or order from Amazon

Food Timeline - Lynne Oliver's clickable general food history timeline.

Maine Folklife Center: Foodways Research

Acadian Culture in Maine: Foods

What's Cooking, America? - Linda Stradley's food history and recipe site  Just look up your favorite food.
Some pages like "Chowder" are pretty good-

Maine Specialties

Baked Beans- B&M Baked Beans
MOFGA / Common Ground - Bean Hole Beans -

Lumberman’s Legacy- Beanhole Beans from the Fisherman’s Voice

Classic New England Recipes - Yankee Magazine    or search their recipes and get 79 bean recipes - some decidedly not regional like Mississippi Chile

Take a look at the variety of chowder recipes-  and search chowder recipes
If you can find it, a few 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 Maine Sea Captain Who Invented the Do-nut

Maine Lobster Now: : The Proper Way to De-shell and Eat a whole Lobsteerr - there are a billion of these sites out there but this one has pretty good graphics

Hot Dogs - yep, but only the nuclear red kind!

Italian Sandwiches: (But don't believe that picture!!!)
Maine Voices- Portland Press Herald
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!

Whoopie Pies
Labadie's Bakery -the (reported) home of the original whoopie pie -
Linda Stradley's take on whoopie pies -

Government & Other Official Sites

Maine Dept. of Agriculture marketing page

Maine Lobster Promo Council

Maine Pomological Society

Maine Potato Board