Maine’s Eventide Oyster Co. is a Portland mainstay with a cult following throughout and beyond New England (in fact, it’s one of the best restaurants in all of New England), so Bostonians eagerly awaited the arrival of its Fenway fast-casual offshoot in late 2017.
With a different service model and vibe, the Boston location doesn’t exactly provide the same experience as the Portland original, but that’s not to say it’s not popular. Locals love the easier access to the famous brown butter lobster roll and other seafood-oriented treats; the expansion south has been a success.
Fans of either or both locations will soon have another Eventide experience to try: the cookbook. Eventide: Recipes for Clambakes, Oysters, Lobster Rolls, and More From a Modern Maine Seafood Shack will be released on June 2, and it is one of the best new cookbooks of spring 2020, according to Eater Boston’s big sibling, Eater.
Written by Eventide co-owners Arlin Smith, Andrew Taylor, and Mike Wiley, with writer Sam Hiersteiner, it’s “a breezy cookbook for easy entertaining and coastal-inspired cooking,” writes Eater’s senior social media manager Esra Erol.
The 120-recipe book includes visual guides for preparing fish and shellfish — “enough insight to make any home cook feel comfortable assembling an amazing raw bar or hosting a full New England clambake,” writes Erol. Recipes include the lobster roll, of course, as well as oysters with kimchi rice, halibut tail bo ssam, smoked tofu sandwich, and more.
“Eventide is the perfect spring cookbook to help you prepare to turn your kitchen into a New England oyster bar this summer,” writes Erol.
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