Some of my favorite memories of going to my grandmother's are the cooking, canning and baking we used to do.I thought she knew everything when it came to that stuff. Later, I discovered her secret: Cooking Downeast by Marjorie Standish.
Cooking Down East was first published in 1969 by Marjorie Standish, a high school home ec teacher and writer of a popular newspaper cooking column for years. I have an original edition of this book, handed down to me by my grandmother, and let me tell you, it has been so well-used, it's held together by an elastic! There are food stains all through the book, and scribbles and notes- all signs of an oft-used and well-loved book, in my opinion.
One of the best features of this book is its nostalgia and true Maine character. Many of the recipes come with stories of how they originated, what region of Maine they come from, or a childhood memory of the author's.
If you check this book out, one recipe you must try- Needhams. They are a concoction of mashed poato, coconut, and confectionary suagr dipped in chocolate. If you google the recipe, you'll find that nearly every source is from Marjorie Standish, as it's a true Maine recipe.