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  • Short-listed, NEIBA for best nonfiction book, 2022
  • Winner, Excellence in Food Writing, Memoirs, and Novels, 7th Readable Feast awards
  • Annual Readable Feast, Best Food Writing, 2022
  • Winner, Book Award for Anthology, Maine Writers and Publishers, 2023
  • Co-winner, John N. Cole Award for Nonfiction, Maine Writers and Publishers, 2023
Maine Literary Award Interview

Breaking Bread: New England Writers on Food, Craving, and Life

Nonfiction anthology. Co-edited with Deborah Joy Corey. MA: Beacon Press, 2022, 2023

An award-winning anthology of essays about food, with all profits going to the Maine hunger nonprofit, Blue Angel. 

In Breaking Bread, nearly 70 Maine writers—from Pulitzer Prize winners to cookbook authors to new talent—gather round the table to talk food, family, and community.

Here, you’ll find Lily King’s memories of a tweaked chocolate chip cookie recipe, Richard Russo on the Italian soup his mother once snubbed, and Jennifer Finney Boylan on her family’s pizza baking tradition. Susan Minot writes about the non-food food of her youth, and Richard Ford about why food doesn’t much interest him. Nancy Harmon Jenkins talks scallops, and Sandy Oliver the pleasures of being a locavore. Others address a beloved childhood food from Iran, the horror of starving in a prison camp, the urge to bake pot brownies for a sick friend, and the experience of being the “lunch lady”’s son.


“These intimate reflections hit the spot.”
—Publishers Weekly

“The writing displays more local color than a steamed lobster wearing wild blueberry bracelets, along with a mess of wistful nostalgia for any reader raised in Maine or New England in general… Food writing doesn’t get much more inspirational.”
—Portland Press Herald