Check out our family cookbook story on NBC News! Thanks Beth McEvoy and NewsCenterMaine.
Our family, affectionally known as Maine Squad, took our quaran-team time to create a cookbook of our favorite meals to benefit those most in need, donating 100% of the proceeds to Feeding America, the nation's largest and most effective organization that looks at the complex, root problems of hunger, especially for our most marginalized communities. Each book purchased will provide up to 100 meals and would make a great holiday gift!
This book is meant to give ideas for creating delicious, flavorful foods that take very little effort and the whole family loves. We also included the influence of one of our town's best, local ingredients we pick up straight from the boats on the dock - lobster!
It wouldn't be a family cookbook without the whole family participating as key grips, food stylists and taste testers. Three generations participated! My daughter Cristina Hill (16) was food photographer; Chauncey Hill (19) was creative director; and, my nieces Carlisle (22), Cate (19) and Caroline Ghirardini (16) took the lead with naming and food styling. Joan "Noni" Satter (76) cooked some of her best recipes, tasted and edited, edited and edited (until she couldn't take it anymore!). Bob "Pop" Satter (76) just tasted. While there were many disappointments throughout the pandemic, we know we are very fortunate and we loved working on our project to help those most in need...together.
We hope you enjoy a peek into our family recipes, all while helping others during such crazy times.
xo, Allison Hill
Photo circa 2009.
Hunger is not a new issue for America but the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this problem; more than 50 million people will experience food insecurity in 2020, including a potential 17 million children. In a country that wastes billions of pounds of food each years, it's almost shocking that anyone goes hungry.
A nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, Feeding America acquires nourishing food from farmers, manufacturers and retailers to then provide to people in need. By supporting them and purchasing this book, you are joining efforts to provide food in all 50 states, DC and PR.
Even as the disappointments rolled in - including cancelled senior years, graduations, summer jobs - we noticed that so many people weren't as fortunate as we were. We had jobs that let us work from home, internet connectivity for school and food on our table. This project became a way for us to 'do something' for others with the gifts we had - and, giving us something bigger to focus on.
Pictured: Cristina Hill, photographer
We spent our quaran-team time in Ogunquit, Maine. A small coastal town of 892 people and where my parents met one summer...way back when in 1965! The pandemic also wreaked havoc on our favorite restauranteurs so we have featured some of our favorite restaurants and our town's best local ingredient - lobster!
This project and book is dedicated to my unconditionally loving parents. Their guidance on giving to others, being open-minded, and helping where you can is a gift we will always be so grateful for to them.