Ah, Fire Island in 1971. It is, says denizen Georgiana McGill Hull, many things: “To the avant garde it is sun, sand and sex; to me it is also parties, characters, way-out living and enjoying the fishing, clamming and the wonderful things that grow on a barrier beach.”
While In no way ignoring F.I. culture—from bare feet to more than ample booze—she gives us pretty much the cookbook she promises, a conscientious collection of recipes using the natural bounty of the isolated chain of sandy islands stretching out along the south shore of Long Island, New York.
Good simple recipes for blowfish, bluefish, eel, snappers and more; clams, of course (thirty recipes!), scallops, and mussels; blueberries, blackberries and that special product of the sandy shores—beach plums. Nostalgia, to be sure, but lots of good eating—and drinking—along the way.
Published only in paperback, this is a truly scarce book. The few copies available are in worn condition and on offer for $55 to $65. Ours gets a strong Very Good rating. The pages are lightly, but evenly tanned; otherwise, the book is clean and unmarked, with a totally firm binding. Seldom seen at all, let alone as desirable a copy.