Just in time for gardening season and Mother’s Day, Jean Ann Pollard — one of the matriarchs of local, seasonal Maine cooking — will be signing copies of her republished classic, “The New Maine Cooking” (Maine Authors Publishing, 2011). Pollard will be at the Children’s Book Cellar in Waterville on Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

By popular demand, Pollard has reissued her seasonal-cooking book that is in tune with the locavore movement that urges people to cook with fresh, locally raised and harvested foods rather than mass-produced products that travel hundreds or thousands of miles before reaching the kitchen. Pollard’s cookbook emphasizes the vegetables, fruits, fish, game and wild foods that are so abundant in Maine, and offers recipes that are linked to the seasons.

For years, Pollard wrote several cooking columns for The Morning Sentinel and The Town Line, as well as national magazines such as Organic Gardening and Fine Gardening. A second cookbook, “The Simply Grande Gardening Cookbook,” was published by Burford Books in 2001.

“The New Maine Cooking,” was originally published in 1987.

Pollard lives in Winslow. The book is available at local bookstores and at MaineAuthorsPublishing.com.


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