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Faculty, Staff, Alumni Recipes in Cookbook Supporting Masters Swim Team

Story posted December 03, 2008

When you think Potholm and books, what typically comes to mind is political fare, such as Maine: The Dynamics of Political Change or This Splendid Game: Maine Campaigns and Elections, 1940-2002 — just two of several books written by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government Christian Potholm.

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But it's the professor's wife, Sandy Potholm, who is serving up the latest publication — a cookbook. An avid swimmer, Potholm has edited Lap it Up: Cooking with the Maine Masters Swimmers of Brunswick, Maine to benefit the masters swim team.

"Most of us have been together for 20 years," says Potholm. " It just seemed fitting to commemorate this accomplishment with a cookbook."

Potholm asked her fellow swimmers to submit family favorites, recipes they use on holidays and gatherings with friends.

"Through this exercise I got to learn more about the swimmers than I anticipated," Potholm says. "For instance, where they came from, their family traditions, who liked to cook, who were the healthy cooks, who were the comfort foodies and who were the most creative and experimental cooks."

Contributors include Bowdoin faculty and staff, including the author's husband, Prof. David Vail, Associate Athletic Director Lynn Ruddy, former swim coach Charlie Butt and several Bowdoin graduates.

Proceeds from the sale of Lap it Up, which is available at the Bowdoin College Bookstore and Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick, help pay for swim meets and other activities to promote physical fitness for ages 18 and up.

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