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Literary (Late) Lunch: Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz talk about the Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook with Don Lindgren

Thursday | November 04, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Online Event
Audience: Adults


Portland Public Library is partnering with Harvest on the Harbor to present a delicious Literary Lunch with the authors of the Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook, Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz in conversation with Don Lindgren.

Harvest on the Harbor is offering a discount of the Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook for program participants. Use special code HARVEST20 when you buy the book at for 20% off.

If there’s one thing that brings Mainers together, it’s the flavors of this great state. Whether we’re teaching our kids to cook family recipes, or gathered together and sharing them at the table, we know that our food traditions bring us together as a community. The Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook celebrates Maine’s rich culinary traditions—old and new— exploring indigenous foodways, hearty Yankee cuisine, community cookbook classics, and favorite dishes of new Mainers. This collection of more than 200 recipes spans kitchens across the state: pulling dishes from grandma’s recipe box, award-winning chefs, Maine personalities, and rustic fishing camps. Celebrating the state’s whole community with recipes from all 16 counties, this cookbook includes heartwarming stories and dishes from both prominent and everyday Mainers, and is beautifully illustrated with family photos, handwritten recipe cards and historic community cookbook covers.

This lovely testament to home cooking and the community cookbook tradition in Maine reminds us how the food we cook connects us to the people and places we love. It will surely become a treasured keepsake of Maine’s Bicentennial celebration for all who love to cook—and eat!

Harvest on the Harbor™ is Portland, Maine’s annual food & spirits festival featuring a delicious, diverse and engaging line up of events. The event curates experiences and partnerships that hope to appeal to foodies of all kinds, offering a taste (and sip) for every appetite. The mission is to help show the diversity of the local food and drink scene, foster an inclusive community of passionate food & drink lovers and to give back to our community through this multi-day celebration.

About the authors
Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz are the wife and husband team behind six books on food and farming, including the memoir The Year of the Goat, the guide Living With Goats, two volumes of the Portland, Maine Chef’s Table cookbook, and most recently the Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook. Margaret is a writer and goat farmer. In addition to being the author of six books, she is a regular contributor to Taproot Magazine, and has worked in cookbook publishing and as manager of New York’s landmark Magnolia Bakery. Karl is a photographer, journalist, and goat farmer. He has worked as a Digital Producer at ABC Television, a Photo Editor at Time Magazine, and as Director of Aurora Photos. Since 2005, the couple has lived with their three daughters on Ten Apple Farm, their homestead and agritourism destination in southern Maine, where they raise dairy goats, tend a large garden and small orchard, lead goat hikes, teach workshops, and operate a guest house. You can visit them at, or on Instagram @tenapplefarm.

Don Lindgren is an antiquarian bookseller specialized in printed and manuscript books about food and drink. His bookselling business, Rabelais Inc., acquires, researches, and sells rare books, manuscripts, ephemera, and other materials related to culinary history. He has served as a Governor of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America and is a member of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. He has lectured or presented at the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery, the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, and the Rare Book School’s Boston Seminar. In 2019 he published the first part of a multi-volume exploration of the American community cookbook, titled UnXld: American Cookbooks of Community & Place. Visit him at

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About the Series » Literary Lunch Series

Portland Public Library’s Literary Lunch series is held monthly and features authors from New England in conversation about new works.  Authors are interviewed by literary friends, colleagues or critics.

All Literary Lunches are free to the public. Because they take place over the  lunch hour, guests are encouraged to bring their lunch!  Coffee is generously provided by Coffee By Design.

Questions about our Literary Lunch Series? Please send us an e-mail.