Brooke Dojny, author of several popular cookbooks that celebrate the New England coastal cooking — “Dishing Up Maine,” “Lobster!” and “The New England Clam Shack Cookbook” — will be at Left Bank Books, 109 Church St., Friday, June 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. to celebrate the release of her newest book, “Chowderland: Hearty Soups & Stews with Sides & Salads to Match.” Dojny will give a short talk about her career beginning at 5 p.m., and then sign copies of “Chowderland,” as well as her other cookbooks.

Like Dojny’s other books, “Chowderland” is much more than a compilation of great recipes. Almost every page is peppered with an interesting sidebar about an ingredient, suggestions for pairings, an historical note — who knew that American statesman and orator Daniel Webster delivered a lengthy speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate about the virtues of chowder? — or a delightful quote. Color photos accompanying each recipe.

Dojny’s recipes comprise the heart and soul of her book. She offers 57 recipes for chowders, from the traditional to the more unusual, ensuring that there is a chowder for everyone’s liking, year-round. “Chowderland” also includes recipes for accompanying breads and salads, as well as desserts.

Dojny, who lives on the Blue Hill peninsula, began her career as a chef-caterer for Martha Stewart and contributed to Stewart’s first book, “Entertaining.” She later worked for the original COOK’S Magazine; co-authored “The MA Family Cookbook,” a James Beard Award winner in 1998; and, for many years, partnered with Melanie Barnard to co-write a regular monthly column in Bon Appetit. Dojny’s work has appeared in Food & Wine, Saveur, and Cooking Light. She currently writes a weekly column in the Portland Press Herald and is a frequent contributor to Down East magazine. She has made numerous television and radio appearances around the country.

This will be Dojny’s third visit to Left Bank Books. Barb Klausmeyer, one of the shop’s owners, said “The lobster rolls that Brooke brought to one of her signings were the best I’ve ever, ever had. I can’t wait to taste her chowder!” Copies of all of Dojny’s books will be available for purchase. For more information, call 338-9009 or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or