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The Food Lovers’ Guide to Massachusetts

Book cover for The Food Lovers' Guide to MassachusettsLong-time travel and food writers Patricia Harris and David Lyon dedicated their book, Food Lovers’ Guide to Massachusetts, “To our friends who plan their vacations around their restaurant reservations.” Now that’s a realfoodtraveler kind of vacation!

Harris and Lyon set out to find the best local specialties, markets, recipes, restaurants, and events in their home state of Massachusetts and they’ve more than accomplished their goal.

They’ve divided the state into seven geographic regions and then further broken these into these sub-categories: made or grown here, specialty stores and markets, farmers’ markets, farm stands, food happenings, landmark eateries, brewpubs and microbreweries, and the wine trail. Each region also starts with an easy-to-read map and an introduction to the area.

In addition to names, contact information and delicious descriptions of all these places, Harris and Lyon take time to educate their readers about the local food products and traditions. For instance, they explain the different grades of maple syrup produced in the state; talk about eating at the Tanglewood Music Festival; and give insights into local brewers and other foodies.

Brown maple syrup in small glass measuring cup

Pure maple goodness!

While it’s thorough, the Food Lovers’ Guide to Massachusetts is a easy and fun read. The authors’ light touch and obvious love for their subject lifts this book from just a listing of places to a genuine food lover’s guide. And while we love guidebooks with photos (this one has none), its convenient size makes it one you’ll want to tuck inside your suitcase or keep in the car’s glove box.

Real bottom line: The Food Lover’s Guide to Massachusetts is like having a food-obsessed local along with you to take you to the in-the-know places to buy and eat real, local foods in this Northeastern seaboard state. Armed with this guide, you could happily eat your way across Massachusetts in realfoodtraveler style.

Food Lover’s Guide to Massachusetts is available on Amazon and from other fine bookstores.

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Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor

RFT co-founder Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. An award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook, Bobbie is editor-in-chief at