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Cape Cod Chef’s Table


I first learned about “Cape Cod Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from Buzzard’s Bay to Provincetown” through Coastal Living magazine, which is one of my favorites. I knew immediately that I would love this book, and I do. Author John Carafoli grew up appreciating food in the town of Bourne on ...

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Best Childrens’ Books About Cape Cod


Author Martha Day Zschock must be from Outer Cape Cod. What makes me think so? In her charming little book Hello, Cape Cod, she manages to highlight some of the most iconic images visitors will see when they travel to Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown, which are the four towns ...

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The Names of Cape Cod


Have you ever been to Jeremiah’s Gutter? What about The Devil’s Dumping Ground or Samuel Fessenden’s Pickle? Each of these places is real, and all are described in The Names of Cape Cod: How Cape Cod Places Got Their Names and What They Mean. I was drawn to this book  ...

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Becoming Cape Cod

Cape Cod tourism official have perpetuated an image of rural seaside charm, outstanding recreational and natural attractions, and an area inhabited by "Olde Cape Cod" characters.

I am a washashore*. If you’re reading this, chances are good that you are too. I learned this description of my status while reading Becoming Cape Cod: Creating a Seaside Resort, a fascinating account of how the Cape evolved from what author James C. O’Connell called “a shunned Yankee backwater” ...

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The Outermost House

Henry Beston was inspired to write "The Outermost House" while living in Fo'castle, a tiny structure on an Atlantic-facing beach in Eastham.

“For the gifts of life are the earth’s, and they are given to all, and they are the songs of birds at daybreak, Orion and the Bear, and dawn seen over ocean from the beach.” So ends The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape ...

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The Salt House

"The Salt House" chronicles a summer spent living in "Euphoria," a shack on the Provincetown dunes.

Every now and then I find a book that’s so intimate, so completely personal, that it makes me feel as if I’m reading someone’s diary. When its prose is positively luminous and it’s about a place that I deeply love, it’s a literary trifecta. The Salt House: A Summer on ...

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The Big House

"The Big House" is a  beautifully-written account of a family's century of living in a rambling home on Cape Cod.

I read The Big House: A Century in the Life of an American Summer Home entirely while sitting on beaches in Eastham. That was by choice  rather than by accident, as I knew it was about a 100-year-old house on Cape Cod, and I felt that reading it while on ...

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