Island Apart: The Food

Island Apart is a story of love, loss, and redemption set on Chappaquiddick Island on Martha's Vineyard. But it also has a lot of really good food. Here's a list of the dishes that appear in the novel.


Katama kirs
Sangrita (Mexican spiced tomato juice)


breakfast dishes

Cheap date hash
Hangtown fry
Wood-fire roasted chestnuts
Smoked clam and mussel dip
Hermit's hazelnuts
Nachos grandissimos


breads and sandwiches

Cranberry orange walnut bread
Hermit's acorn bread
Rhode Island johnnycakes



Sauerkraut soup
Curried tomato soup
Hubbard squash bisque with chilied pepitas
Sopa de lima (Yucatan lime soup)



Heirloom tomato salad
Walnut, pomegranate, and Roquefort salad
Hermit's wild green salad
The Hermit's truly locavore salad


poultry and meat

Bhutan wings
Bourbon-brined maple-smoked turkey
Chicken in a pot
Rice Crispy-crusted chicken
Venison bacon
Steak and egg burger
Bourbon steak



Gefilte fish
Chappaquiddick clams casino
Bay scallops with saffron and leeks
Buffalo shrimp
Chappaquiddick lobster thermidor
Striped bass with chipotle tomatillo salsa
The Bite's fried clams
Giordano's lobster roll
Steamed lobster with drawn butter


vegetables, starches, and side dishes

Fried green tomato napoleon
Quinoa pilaf
Sweet potato casserole
Cranberry kumquat relish
Cornbread oyster stuffing
Oat bran pilaf with oysters
Coconut rice
Farfalle (pasta butterflies)



Beach plum jam
Rose hip jam
Concord grape jelly
Cattail pickles



Tomato sorbet
Claire's apple cheddar cheese pie
The Hermit's hazelnut pear tart
Mary Doheney's ricotta brownies
Pumpkin pie with pumpkin ice cream
Sheila's pumpkin cheesecake
Pumpkin blondies
Caramelized pear tart
Cajeta crepe cake
Chocolate silk pie
Gingerbread people
And, of course, hermits