A cookbook full of 200 delicious recipes and 150 delightful tales about the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, written and edited by P. Ann Pieroway with cover painting and illustrations by Massachusetts artist, Louise Minks . Writing this cookbook brings together two of P. Ann Pieroway's favorite hobbies: cooking and history. Massachusetts is the home of baked beans, Boston cream pie and cranberries, but before that, there were the Native Americans and early English Puritan settlers known to us as Pilgrims. One of America's most cherished holidays is Thanksgiving, which has been attributed to a feast that occurred in Massachusetts in 1621. From Boston to the Berkshires, to the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, come a myriad of taste and three centuries of history. These marvelous foods are a result of the many nationalities, past and present, that call Massachusetts home. These include the English, Irish, Portuguese, Italians, Polish, French, Africans, Russians, Jewish and other Eastern Europeans, and in more recent years, Hispanics, Asians and Arabs. These many cultures are responsible for the variety of foods that are found across the Commonwealth.