Maine mapmaker Jane Crosen, author of the cookbook “Maine Mapmaker’s Kitchen: Creative, healthy recipes for home, camp, and afloat,” will visit Beyond the Sea, 74 Main St. Saturday, May 29. She will be in the gallery-café from noon to 4 p.m. to sign copies of her cookbook and Penobscot Bay map posters.  Also available will be chef aprons and a selection of map T-shirts showing Penobscot Bay and its many islands.

The cookbook is a gathering of favorite recipes drawing on food traditions from around the world, using whole natural ingredients and local foods. From classic to rustic to purely original, the collection includes 350 recipes and variations, many of them simple enough to prepare in a camp kitchen or the galley of a small boat.

The book grew out of a small cookbook produced 20 years ago by Crosen and her husband and kitchen mate, Richard Washburn, in the year of their wedding. They have been collaborating in the kitchen ever since, at home and on camping adventures, along with growing vegetables in their home garden in Penobscot and putting food by.

The cookbook is practical and inviting, full of tips about growing and harvesting, storing and preparing food, raising ducks, camp cooking and menu planning and foraging for berries and other wild foods.

A vegetarian during her late teens and 20s, Crosen gained experience in natural foods and ethnic cooking while living at the Findhorn community. It was there that she also discovered publishing as a way to combine her skills in writing, editing, art and design. On returning to Maine, her experience paved the way to jobs at DeLorme and WoodenBoat, followed by 20 years as a freelance editor working on recreational guides, boating books and cookbooks.

Crosen’s first book, “Maine Mapmaker’s Kitchen” joins a series of hand-drawn maps of Maine regions that she has produced and self-published over the past 25 years. Decorations from the maps complement the recipes, along with a gallery of kitchen illustrations done in a similar style. A selection of these illustrations, with accompanying quotes, are featured on a series of hand-colored notecards as well.

Crosen’s cookbook, cards, aprons, and posters are available at Beyond the Sea and other local stores. For more information, call 338-2100 or 326-4850; or visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to