The Lost Kitchen: Recipes and a Good Life Found in Freedom, Maine

By Erin French

Erin French grew up in Freedom, Maine (population 719), helping her father at the griddle in his diner. An entirely self-taught cook who read cookbooks to form her culinary education, she now helms her acclaimed restaurant, The Lost Kitchen, in a historic 1834 mill in the same town, creating meals that draw locals and visitors from around the world to a dining room that feels like an extension of her home kitchen. Each spring, the day the phone line opens to accept reservations, the restaurant books up for the entire year.

No one can bring small-town America to life better than a native, especially when it comes to Maine, one of the country’s most off-the-beaten-path states, with an abundant natural bounty that comes from its coastline, rivers, farms, fields, and woods—a cook’s dream. Inspired by her lush locale and classic American cooking, Erin makes food that has been called “brilliant in its simplicity and honesty” by Food & Wine, and it is exactly this pure approach that makes her style of cooking so appealing—and so easy to embrace at home, wherever you live.

- 7.75" x 10.25" x 1"

- 256 pages

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