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The Lobster Roll: And Other Pleasures of Summer by the Beach
Jodi della Femina
Published: May 13, 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
For those eager for balmy weather and picnics on the beach, this little cookbook dishes out recipes designed for summer consumption, when open air markets feature the freshest bounty from soil and sea. Named after the famed
Hamptons eatery, a.k.a. Lunch, a fish shack turned into an area icon by Terry's now ex-husband, this volume offers entrees, snacks, salads, soups and desserts from the "quintessential summer restaurant," including the much-loved Lobster Roll sandwich.
The book includes family recipes in addition to those from the restaurant: Pickled Zucchini with Mint, for example, is Della Femina tradition. Della Femina (author of the helpful and locally infamous Jodi's Shortcuts) and Terry, who owns the Lobster
Roll, give plenty of advice on cooking seafood, such as oysters, clams, and mussels. (On soft-shell crabs: "Using poultry shears, snip off the face of the crab, located directly behind the eyes-this will also instantly kill the crab.") Fresh sides, such
as Tomato, Vidalia Onion, and Basil Salad, the feta and mint-enhanced Savory Watermelon Salad and Chopped Tarragon and Blue Cheese Salad, add vigor to traditional accompaniments. The entrees, which include Grilled Citrus Chicken, Baked Lemon Salmon with
Lemon-Dill Sauce and classic Crab Cakes, are all perfect for warm sultry evenings. Recipes are simple and easy-to-prepare-though the authors throw in a few gimmes, such as recipes for S'mores and a straightforward Summer Fruit Salad-and the cooking tips
interspersed throughout make this a delightful guide to summer eating. 60 full-color photographs.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
JODI DELLA FAMINA is the author of three editions of Jodi's Shortcuts, a
guide to the Hamptons (with special emphasis on avoiding traffic jams) and Celebrity Dish, a fundraising cookbook, both self-published. She's also the manager of the Red Horse Market, a specialty food shop, in East Hampton. Jodi lives in New York City
and East Hampton.
ANDREA TERRY is the owner of the Lobster Roll in Amagansett, which has been in business for more than thirty years. The Terry family came to Long... read more
Just east of the village of Amagansett,
toward Montauk, the towns fall away, the trees disappear, the sky opens up, and the lush farmland gives way to sand and reeds and scrub in an area called Napeague. On the ocean side of this lonely stretch of Route 27, nestled in front of dunes, a sign
announces "Lunch" at a shingle-style diner. As New York magazine explained, "Anyone who's ever been to a Hampton has seen the Lobster Roll, better known as Lunch-a weather-beaten roadside clam bar, no-frills seafood restaurant, and geographic point of
reference that's as much a part of the South Fork as the Montauk lighthouse."
The Lobster Roll is indeed an institution, evocative of carefree, casual summer eating-exactly the type of food in this book:
• Soups and appetizers such
as New England Clam Chowder, Lobster Bisque, and Steamers and Broth
• Rolls and sandwiches that include Lobster Rolls and the Perfect Hamburger
• Perfect summer entrées like Lavender-and-Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Barbecued Ribs, and
Grilled Leg of Lamb with Garlic and Rosemary
• Refreshing sides such as Creamy Coleslaw, Pickled Squash and Mint Salad, and simple recipes for summertime treasures like corn, tomatoes, and new potatoes
• Desserts like Strawberry-Rhubarb
Pie and Raspberry-Peach Cobbler as well as drinks such as Homemade Berry-Citrus Iced Tea and Fresh Strawberry-Mint Lemonade
The Lobster Roll has been dishing up this food for three decades to locals, tourists, and summer residents alike. This book
is a celebration of that cuisine, with the restaurant's preparations adapted for home cooks, plus non-restaurant recipes for quick, simple dishes that take advantage of summer's fresh bounty. And the beautiful color photographs perfectly capture both the
food and the region-this book is what summer looks like, and this food is what summer tastes like.
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