The New England Clam Shack Cookbook is a cookbook with more than just recipes. It was written by native New Englander Brooke Dojny and covers coastal Connecticut up through Maine.
The book is as much a travel guide as a cookbook which makes it a smart marketing idea. It draws in a much larger group than it would if it were simply a cookbook, or a travel guide. What she has done is shown her journey along the New England coast through photos, stories, recipes and educational sidebars.
You can join her as she visits 25 different clam shacks, chowder houses and lobster pounds. You learn that clam shacks and lobster pounds are often seasonal while chowder houses are open year-round. She includes maps, illustrations and/or photographs.
Throughout New England Clam Shack Cookbook there are dozens of wonderful recipes. Each of her stops gives up a few of their specialties that you can try to recreate at home. . And to help you along there are helpful hints such as how to shuck oysters and clams, complete with easy to follow instructions and illustrations.
The New England Clam Shack Cookbook has 9 chapters covering 205 pages. Whether you see this as an fun, informative cookbook with some travel stuff thrown in or a fun, informative New England travel guide with some recipes thrown in - it's a great book!