A collaboration between author Margaret Hathaway, photographer Karl Schatz and the chefs of Portland, this cookbook gathers up fifty of the city's celebrated restaurants and showcases them with full-color photos of chefs and their creations. Published in August, 2012, 208 pages, hardcover.
Maine Chef Bob Smith, who passed away in December, 2010, is honored in this cookbook with a photographic memorial. The photograph captures Bob at work, grilling meat over wildly passionate flames. Bob was a dear friend of mine and a co-worker in Kennebunkport, Maine.
The book's jacket describes Portland's restaurant scene as an energetic food community with a sense of camaraderie and purpose. That could describe Bob as well. A friend to all, his enthusiasm for food had no limits or exceptions. How it's grown, prepared, served, shared and enjoyed was more than vocation. It was his passion.