Since their founding in 1969, the Gloucester Fishermen's
Wives Association (GFWA) has been a powerful force
for the conservation of New England's precious
fishing grounds and heritage.
The Wives have helped
improve safety standards on US vessels, create
the first subsidized health plan for fishermen,
establish a marine sanctuary at Stellwagen Bank,
and protect the health of the oceans and the future
of the fisheries that feed us all.
The GFWA erected
the statue that now overlooks Gloucester Harbor
honoring the "faith, diligence, and fortitude" of
the Fishermen's Wives, qualities that arise in
part from their strong Sicilian-American, Portuguese,
Irish, and Newfoundland cultural traditions. The
Wives are consummate cooks as well as dedicated
This book celebrates the Wives’ cuisine
and politics. Read the stories of cooking, courage,
and love; savor the photographs, and feast on
the foods that have nurtured Gloucester's seafaring
families for generations.
Author: Susan Pollack
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