A Ragged Coast Chocolates cookbook titled 'The Maine Farm Table Cookbook' featuring local food recipes displayed in front of a scenic backdrop with a table set for dining.

The Maine Farm Table Cookbook, signed by the author

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Ragged Coast Chocolate founder Kate Shaffer's latest book is part travelogue, part regional cookbook.

"Kate Shaffer’s MAINE FARM TABLE COOKBOOK isn’t just a tribute to traditional New England foodways. It’s also a beautifully photographed and highly readable guide to the farmers, millers, artisans, and chefs who are reinventing Maine food for a new century with dishes that will inspire you to rush to your kitchen to try them. Think of it as Shaffer's love letter to the state of Maine — with recipes." —Paul Doiron, author, Editor Emeritus of Down East: The Magazine of Maine

Publisher's description:

The best of Maine’s local food, from noted farms like Dandelion Spring to esteemed restaurants like The Lost Kitchen.

There’s a lot more to Maine than stunning coastline. Sure, come for the incomparable lobster rolls or the state’s renowned blueberries, but stay for the locally milled grains, organic grass-fed meats, and surprising foraged delicacies. The Pine Tree State’s active food community springs to life in the hands of Kate Shaffer, Maine cookbook author and chocolatier, and Derek Bissonnette, one of the finest food photographers in the country.

The Maine Farm Table Cookbook delivers more than 100 recipes, assembled in chapters that take readers from the pasture and sea to the forest, creamery, and everywhere in between. Discover Autumn Harvest Roast Pork, Haddock and Corn Chowder, Carrot Zucchini Fritters, Blackberry and Almond Torte, and more. With profiles to spotlight Maine’s favorite farms and restaurants, and gorgeous professional photography, this is the perfect way for readers to bring New England’s charm to their own kitchen.

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Farm-Fresh Ingredients

We make all of our confections with the finest, freshest ingredients from family-owned farms and local gardens right here in Maine and nearby New England states. And we love using exotic ingredients from the tiny, far-off corners of the world, sourcing from small, family farms so our dollars directly benefit other local communities as often and as much as possible.


A team effort

We use single-origin chocolates from producers in Latin America who treat the growers, harvesters, and flora and fauna on their lands with respect. Not only do they produce some of the best chocolate in the world, they create alliances with local producers, promote the preservation of innovative techniques, and develop sustainable production practices to last for years to come.

From our kitchen to yours

Kate Shaffer, artistic director and founder of Ragged Coast Chocolates, started making exquisite confections in her tiny, home kitchen on Isle Au Haut, Maine eight years ago. From truffles and caramels to cookbooks and baking mixes, Kate and her husband Steve have grown the company far beyond its modest start into an award-winning and nationally-recognized purveyor of the finest chocolates in the world.




These are by far the best chocolates I have ever eaten. I also ordered two boxes for a friend and she agrees that they are the best.

Kathie D.


Amazing chocolates that always deligh the people I want to delight the most!

Alison H.


Exellent service and chocolates. Really can't go wrong with anything they sell.

David M.

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