Contact Us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right. 

Baltimore, Maryland
United States

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.


C'mon in and look around!

Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields


Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields


For generations the Chesapeake and its inhabitants kept a relatively low profile on the food scene, with many classic recipes and cooking preparations tucked away in family recipe boxes and handed down orally from one generation to the next. Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields introduces this glorious region and its outstanding cuisine to folks who’ve never lingered on its shores and beaches or spent time in its tiny towns, or explored the riches of the city of Baltimore.

With John as your guide to all things Chesapeake, this book is a trip, hon!

Add To Cart

What is Chesapeake Bay cooking? It’s blue crabs, oysters, clams, finfish like succulent rockfish, terrapin, ducks, geese, wild turkeys, pheasants, rabbits, chicken, deer, pork, lamb and beef. It’s freshly picked Silver Queen corn, vine-ripened tomatoes, sweet Eastern Shore ‘loupes (or "lopes" as the roadside signs call cantaloupes), cool, crisp apples from the foothills of the Appalachians in Western Maryland, and bubbling hot pies filled with fresh peaches, apples, blackberries, or strawberries.

The people who live around the Chesapeake Bay introduce many of the recipes in this book through their words and images. The 150 recipes range from Aunt Bessie’s Crab Pudding to Cross Street Market Crab Soup, from Millington Fire Hall Chicken Salad to Fried Green Tomatoes, from Strawberry Shortcake to Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s favorite cookies, the Polish bowties called krusciki. And don’t miss Joanne Pritchett’s Beaten Biscuits!