Over fifty years ago, chef and author James Haller found his way to Portsmouth, NH. The charm of this small seaport town and its inhabitants grew into an affection tender and wise, which Haller celebrates in this love letter to the city and to the remarkable individuals he had the good fortune to come to know. Includes illustrations and about a dozen of Chef Haller's recipes.
“The view for many of us today is much clearer, for we have the fortune of standing on the shoulders of giants. When it comes to cuisine in Portsmouth, NH, there is no greater giant than Chef Haller, and no greater time period for the town’s revitalization than those reflected upon in this book . . . and what marvelous tales they are.”
—Chef Matt Louis, award-winning chef/owner of two acclaimed restaurants in Portsmouth—Moxy and The Franklin.
“. . . I’ve heard all about the characters and legendary restaurants on the Portsmouth restaurant scene back then, but it wasn’t until I read this new book that I understood just how much they contributed to what the scene is today. Reading these humorous and touching stories brought it all to life as only Haller, one of the most important chefs of both that era and now, can.”
—Rachel Forrest, food and restaurant journalist and former restaurant critic for Seacoast Media Group
“Haller has written a charmer. . . made me laugh, and feel extraordinary nostalgia . . . Wonderful storytelling and his creative, untraditional recipes makes this a winning collection.”
—Kathy Gunst, cookbook author and Resident Chef for NPR’s Here and Now
“. . . an homage to the people and places from that brief but delicious era, served up in a series of saucy sketches from a master wordsmith.”
—J. Dennis Robinson, Portsmouth author, historian, and lecturer
“I devoured all the courses of Buddy’s book in one sitting! What a tour de force: to evoke the ghosts of those halcyon places and people, while giving new arrivals and visitors a kind of living history map . . .”
—Marie Harris, poet and author, Desire Lines, Hobblebush Books Granite State Poetry Series
“. . . every word was like one of the many meals I ate at Blue Strawbery — unforgettable!”
—Michael J. Tobin, The Footlights Theatre, Falmouth, Maine