QUEERY: John Shields


John Shields (Picture courtesy Johns Hopkins College Press)

It’s an enormous month for Baltimore’s Gertrude’s Chesapeake Kitchen (gertrudesbaltimore.com). The restaurant, situated within the Baltimore Museum of Artwork (10 Artwork Museum Dr., Baltimore) is celebrating its 20th anniversary and its proprietor has a brand new cookbook out.

“The New Chesapeake Kitchen” by John Shields, was launched Oct. 7 from the Johns Hopkins College Press and options “the very best of what grows, swims or grazes within the Chesapeake Bay’s watershed and prepares it merely and memorably.” The ebook, his fifth, retails for about $18 (some worth variation based mostly on the place it’s bought) and is on the market at Gertrude’s, within the museum reward store, on Amazon and extra.

Shields (johnshields.com) says he needed to “envision a Chesapeake kitchen for the 21st century.”

“I’ve been writing about Chesapeake delicacies for almost 30 years and this ebook is my culinary final will and testomony to the Bay,” the 67-year-old Baltimore native says.

Shields and husband John Gilligan co-own Gertrude’s.

“Sure, we’ve labored collectively all these years and are nonetheless married,” he says.

Apart from stints in Provincetown (1972-1977) and Berkeley/San Francisco (1978-1996), Shields has lived in his native Attraction Metropolis. He describes Gertrude’s as a “refined but informal regional American eatery.” There are 55 folks on employees and he’s concerned within the day-to-day operations. An anniversary social gathering was held Oct. 1. Shields says his specialty is “all issues crab and plenty of seafood.”

Shields and Gilligan stay in North Baltimore’s Tuscany/Canterbury space with their cat, Oscar. Shields enjoys farmers markets and visits to Eire in his free time.


How lengthy have you ever been out and who was the toughest particular person to inform?

In keeping with my household, I used to be out since I used to be 5 years previous so there was nobody to inform.


Who’s your LGBT hero?

Gertrude Stein


What’s Baltimore’s finest nightspot, previous or current?

The Atlantis


Describe your dream marriage ceremony.

An enormous Cajun marriage ceremony social gathering in North Berkeley, oh wait — already did that!


What non-LGBT problem are you most obsessed with?

Native environmental issues across the Chesapeake.


What historic consequence would you alter?

The introduction of Roman-ruled Christianity to Eire.


What’s been essentially the most memorable popular culture second of your lifetime?

Herman’s Hermits opening act on the Baltimore Civic Middle for The Who in 1967.


On what do you insist?



What was your final Fb submit or Tweet?

Eat catfish!!!


In case your life have been a ebook, what would the title be?

“The Beyonder Chronicles” (coming to a bookstore close to you quickly)

If science found a approach to change sexual orientation, what would you do?

Order Chipotle and watch some Nextflix

What do you consider in past the bodily world?

The Tao


What’s your recommendation for LGBT motion leaders?

Be daring, be queer, don’t be complacent.


What would you stroll throughout sizzling coals for?

Tuna fish on saltine crackers.


What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?

That everyone knows methods to prepare flowers.


What’s your favourite LGBT film?

“Parting Glances”


What’s essentially the most overrated social customized?

Telling folks, “God Bless You,” after they’ve sneezed.


What trophy or prize do you most covet?

The Man Booker Prize


What do you want you’d identified at 18?

That it’s all simply actually, actually transitional, so have enjoyable!


Why Baltimore?

As John Waters says, “It’s the Hairdo Capitol of the World.” Why stay wherever else?

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