The Sugar & Salt cookbook series is a collection of recipes, crafts, thoughts and stories from an adventurous, hilarious, sometimes frenetic, unique life off the Coast of Maine. Annie Mahle has two kitchens, one a floating restaurant and B&B that sails as a Maine windjammer all summer long, the Schooner J. & E. Riggin and the other her home, cooking for their family of four. As much a cookbook as it is a story of a lifestyle that is seasonal and sustainable.
For over 30 years Annie has honed her craft with both knife and pen. She started working on windjammers as a mess cook, and quickly developed a passion for cooking. She has spent the last 25 years working and learning, graduation from mess cook to head cook on the windjammers to private chef on a Caribbean yacht. She further developed her skills as a sous chef to classically trained Swiss chef Hans Bucher and at the Culinary Institute of America. She currently owns and operates the Schooner J. & E. Riggin with her husband, Captain Jon Finger.
Annie’s cooking, recipes, and cookbooks have been highlighted on the Today Show and Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Her food and the Riggin have been featured in dozens of national media outlets including the Food Network, Traditional Home Magazine, Family Circle, Women’s Day, Boston Globe, and Maine Boats, Homes, and Harbors. Yankee Magazine has twice named the Riggin one of the “Top 10 Places to have Dinner with a View in Maine”.
When she is not cooking on the Riggin she continues to create new recipes and shares them on her recipe and lifestyle blog – At Home & At Sea.