Sugar & Salt – The Series

Recipes and writings from Chef Annie Mahle!

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, shares them on her recipe and lifestyle blog – At Home & At Sea, and continues to write cookbooks.

Each Sugar & Salt cookbook features over 75 recipes and includes special sections. 

Book Two – The Orange Book


  • Asparagus, Almond, Citrus, and Red Rice Salad
  • Stirato
  • Multi-Grain Lemon Yogurt Pancakes
  • Brie, Black Forest Ham, and Roasted Kale
  • Lemony Peas, Pea Shoots, and Tomatoes
  • Broiled Brown Sugar and Black Pepper Grapefruit
  • Blueberry Honey Sea Breeze
  • Red Fish Grilled in Salt
  • Coffee, Cocoa, and Guajillo Pepper Pork Loin with Brandy Cream Sauce
  • Chocolate Tart with Sea Salt Caramel Bark
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dijon and Red Onion
  • Hard Cider-Braised Brisket Slider with Sauerkraut
  • and Homemade Mustard

Special sections:

  • By Hand: Mitered Corner Napkins; Ball Jar Cozy
  • Leftovers Done Right: Blizzard Carbonara
  • Laying the Foundation: How to Poach an Egg; Bone Broth
  • Stock Up: Handmade Crackers; Canning and Fermenting
  • On Deck With Capt. Jon: An Anchoring Breeze
  • Friends & Neighbors: Happy Honey Bees
  • Let’s Grow: Time Mulches On; Mama, What’s for Dinner?
  • Creative Kitchen: Tools for Inspired Cooks
  • Cooking With My Girls: All-Season Grilling
  • Around the Table: Early Morning Coffee

Book One – The Blue Book


  • Spicy Handkerchief Pasta and Sausage Soup
  • Chili-Rubbed Pot Roast with Browned Onion Relish
  • Mussels with Chorizo and Red Wine
  • Baked Gnocchi with Garlic and Cream
  • Kale Salad
  • Chicken, Asparagus and Dill Pot Pie
  • Cucumber & Roasted Corn Salsa on Grilled Bread
  • Lobster and Spinach Salad with a Lime and Chive Aioli
  • Raspberry Cinnamon Galette
  • Root Vegetable and Mushroom Soup
  • Hummus and Parsley Rice Cakes
  • Chipotle Chocolate Waffles

Special sections:

  • By Hand: Handsewn Apron; Felted Trivets
  • Leftovers Done Right: Comfort in a Bowl; Pizza; Omelets
  • Laying the Foundation & Stock Up: Sourdough; Homemade Bourbon Vanilla; Granola; Dulce de Leche
  • On Deck With Capt. Jon: Haul-Out
  • Friends & Neighbors: Oysters Then and Now
  • Let’s Grow: Extending the Season, Cold Frames, Greenhouse; Harvesting Memories & Enchantment
  • Creative Kitchen: Tools for Inspired Cooks
  • Cooking With My Girls: Mama, What’s for Dinner?
  • Around the Table: Eating Together


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136 pages
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ISBN: 978-0-9749706-2-2


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Price: $24.95
136 pages
6.5 x 9; perfect bound paperback
ISBN: 978-0-9749706-1-5


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Heard on the Docks…

“While it’s the sailing adventure that draws people to a Maine windjammer…the reason why many of these folks chose this schooner is Annie’s cooking.”

~ Marnie MacLean, New England Cable News (NECN)

“Mahle, who is also the author of the cookbook At Home, At Sea, is known for her innovative and tasty fare.”

~ Steve Jermanok, Boston Globe

“The Riggin is food for the soul and the senses.”

~ Carroll Stoner, Traditional Home