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"Long before it was trendy to serve sustainable, local, and organic food, Maryland native Shields was doing it at Gertrude’s, a modest modern restaurant tucked inside the Baltimore Museum of Art. This fall he reissued his prescient chronicle of the waterman’s way of life and traditional cooking on the mid-Atlantic coast. It includes how to ‘pick’ steamed crabs (seasoned with Old Bay, natch), prepare country sides like Green Beans With Country Ham and Sautéed Peanuts, and make the quirky relish known as chow-chow."

"John knows and loves the Chesapeake as only a native can. One of the best regional American cookbooks you'll ever find."

"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."

"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 the that 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."