New England Open-House Cookbook

The cookbooks has a foreword by — who else? — Ina Garten.

Of course we didn’t all grow up in on the East Coast, spend summers in Maine gathering crabs and shells on the beach or sail the waters of Cape Cod and Nantucket, but lucky for us, author Sarah Leah Chase did. She shares the coastal recipes she grew up eating with the rest of us in New England Open-House Cookbook, published in June. Chapter titles are self-explanatory for the New Englander’s way of life: Farmstand Fever, Gone Fishin’, Picnic Pastimes, Tailgating Traditions and even Attitude Adjusters (drinks and cocktails). Plus, there’s an entire chapter about lobster – how to bake, grill, stuff, fry, sandwich and stew it. Many recipes are seasonal, as well, such as fall-perfect pumpkin and ricotta pancakes; autumn pappardelle with lobster, mushrooms, shallots and cream; or a pumpkin spice cake with broiled coconut-pecan frosting. You’ll be bayside in no time.

"New England Open-House Cookbook" by Sarah Leah Chase, workman.com

Bethany Christo is the associate editor who enjoys barbecue, grammar, good reads, thrifting, attempting humor and rapping by herself in the car, all to the detriment of her social life. You'll find her near the desserts.