The American Lighthouse Cookbook: The Best Recipes and Stories From America’s Shorelines
By Becky Sue Epstein and Ed Jackson, $26.99, www.sourcebooks.com
A celebration of coastal foods and regional recipes, this cookbook also offers the armchair traveler a chance to learn about the history and geography surrounding 47 lighthouses from eight coastal regions of the United States, including Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alaska, and the Great Lakes. Interspersed among tales of lighthouse keepers from the 1700s through today, and lovely pencil illustrations, you will find almost 300 recipes that capture the essence of local foods and a way of life. Seasonal recipes include corn chowder and Boston brown bread from the Northeast, elk meatloaf and Dungeness crab and smoked salmon quiche from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, alligator gumbo from the Gulf Coast, and Wisconsin cheddar cheese and beer soup from the Great Lakes.