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Baltimore, Maryland
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The "Culinary Ambassador of the Chesapeake Bay,"John Shields is a chef, a television host and an author. His popular restaurant, Gertrude's, has been thriving at the Baltimore Museum of Art since 1998. John has written three popular cookbooks and hosted two television series on the cuisine of the region.

25 Year Reunion of Chesapeake Recipes


Twenty-five years ago, Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields introduced the world to the regional cuisine of the mid-Atlantic. Nominated for a James Beard Award, the book was praised for its inspiring heritage recipes and its then-revolutionary emphasis on cooking with local and seasonal ingredients. Part history lesson, part travelogue, the book captured the unique character of the Chesapeake region and its people.

In this anniversary edition, John Shields combines popular classic dishes with a host of unpublished recipes from his personal archives. Readers will learn how to prepare over 200 recipes from the mid-Atlantic region, including pan-fried rockfish, roast mallard, beaten biscuits, oyster fritters, and Lady Baltimore cake. Best of all, they’ll learn everything they need to know about crabs—the undisputed star of Chesapeake cuisine—featured here in mouthwatering recipes for seven different crab cake recipes.

Extensively updated, this edition includes a new chapter on Chesapeake libations, which features Shields’s closely held recipe for his notorious Dirty Gertie, an authentic Chesapeake-style Bloody Mary.

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$32.95 (includes shipping and any applicable sales tax)

Praise for previous editions

“John knows and loves the Chesapeake as only a native can. One of the best regional American cookbooks you'll ever find.”
—Gourmet Magazine
“For those who are not familiar with the 'good old down home' taste of cooking by a native of the Chesapeake Bay region, John Shields brings you an experience you'll never forget. For those of us who are fortunate enough to be a part of this region, Mr. Shields reminds us of the experience we'll always remember.”
—The Honorable William Donald Schaefer, former governor of Maryland
“John Shields is a great friend of the Chesapeake Bay and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Having grown up in Baltimore and having also spent time on the West Coast, John knows the Bay up close and from a distance. He understands that everything is connected, that how we cook and eat relates to where we live. He knows we are stewards of our world and that the great bounty of the Chesapeake Bay can be restored and once again sustain us. His Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields captures the magic of Chesapeake regional cuisine and culture. It is his best book yet.”
—William C. Baker, president, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation