Lobster Bake

Lobster Bake, ca 1960, Dottie Crossley, photographer, estate of the photographer.

UPDATE, September 2023:

People are asking if it’s too late to submit recipes and/or funds for the Cookbook Project. No, it’s NOT too late! The deadline has been extended because submissions continue to come in, and we want to give everyone who wishes the opportunity to participate. Even if you’ve already sent in a recipe but have decided you have another that you’d love to submit, please do!


In honor of our 50th anniversary, the Woods Hole Historical Museum is creating a new addition to our popular cookbook series, Woods Hole Cooks Something Up, first published in 1975 and again in 2002. We invite YOU – our family, friends, neighbors – to submit recipes for the new volume, forthcoming in 2024.

In addition to featuring some old-time favorites, this publication will be twenty-first century in spirit, reflecting our diversity of eating habits – including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten- and dairy-free options. It also will highlight the Museum’s growing archives collections and provide historical images and texts to accompany the recipes.

Top 5 Questions Asked of the Cookbook Committee

To learn more about the Cookbook Project or to make a Donation, click here.

To submit your recipes to the Project please use one of the following methods:

  1. Fill out the online RECIPE FORM here. Your recipe will be sent directly to the Cookbook Committee’s dedicated email for this project.
  2. Download a PDF of the RECIPE FORM here, print it, and write the recipe by hand. Scan, or take a picture of the PDF, and email it to whhmcookbook@gmail.com.
    Mail a hardcopy of the PDF to the Museum at PO Box 185, Woods Hole, MA 02543, ATTN: Cookbook Committee.
  3. Following the RECIPE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES found here, write your recipe in an email and send it to whhmcookbook@gmail.com.
  4. Hardcopies of the guidelines and the recipe form will be available for pick-up at the Museum and Library during hours of operation. Either return your completed recipe submissions to the Museum in person, or mail them to the Museum at PO Box 185, Woods Hole, MA 02543, ATTN: Cookbook Committee.
  5. If you would like personal assistance in preparing your recipe submissions, members of the Cookbook Committee are happy to help. Please call the Museum at 508-548-7270, or email the Committee at whhmcookbook@gmail.com. Someone will get back to you soon to set up a time to work together.

As you think about recipes for submission, we encourage you to share any family or community significance associated with them! WE CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

The Cookbook Committee for the Woods Hole Historical Museum—
Mary Jo Benjamin
Kathy Denham
Arlene Lowenstein, co-chair
Margaret McCormick
Charlotte Emans Moore, co-chair
Pamela Rothstein
Debbie Scanlon
P.K. Simonds