The coolest foodie bookstore in New England
|August 15, 2011||Posted by Elisabeth under Uncategorized|
Rabelais Books in Portland, Maine is the New England epicenter for the best books about food, farming, gardening and wine. I was invited there to give a reading from my book Lobster: A Global History last month.
The crowd of about 30 people seemed to be mostly ardent food aficionados, with maybe a passerby or two who wandered in. This was during the First Friday Portland Art Walk when galleries and museums are open in the early evening. Rabelais is on Middle Street, a food lover’s favorite hangout, on the edge of Portland’s Old Port.
Certainly the food brought in for the reading was a draw–lobster crisps (like Cheetos) from the chi-chi restaurant next door, or the artisanal cheese, grapes, bread, seltzer water and sparkling wine. All of this because owners Don Lindgren and Samantha Hoyt Lindgren, a husband and wife team, are seriously interested in food and food history. Even though they have a delicious selection of new and used books at hand, they love to scour the world for anything you want.
So I talked about the one thing everyone asks me about–how best to kill a lobster for dinner. And does it feel any pain? Here’s my opinion (take note Jasper White)–I think at the very least they feel discomfort, maybe even a little pain. But I comfort myself with the thought that they are in the insect family with a decentralized nervous system–and I kill them the way I would a bug, fast and as efficiently as possible. Wanna know how to kill a lobster? (I’ll tell you next time.) You can find out now by buying my book here.