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From fish and fiddleheads to salmonberries and Spam, Alaskan cuisine spans the two extremes of locally abundant wild foods and shelf-stable ingredients produced thousands of miles away. As immigration shapes Anchorage into one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country, Alaska’s changing food culture continues to reflect the tension between self-reliance and longing for distant places or faraway homes. Alaska Native communities express their cultural resilience in gathering, processing, and sharing wild food; these seasonal food practices resonate with all Alaskans who come together to fish and stock their refrigerators in preparation for the long winter. In warm home kitchens and remote cafés, Alaskan food brings people together, creating community and excitement in canning salmon, slicing muktuk, and savoring fresh berry pies.

This collection features interviews, photographs, and recipes by James Beard Award–winning journalist and third-generation Alaskan Julia O’Malley. Touching on issues of subsistence, climate change, cultural mixing and remixing, innovation, interdependence, and community, The Whale and the Cupcake reveals how Alaskans connect with the land and each other through food.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-vii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Kim Severson
  3. pp. vii-x
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  1. The Whale and the Cupcake
  1. Introduction: What Why How We Eat
  2. pp. 3-8
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  1. 1. In Alaska’s Far-Flung Villages, Happiness Is a Cake Mix
  2. pp. 9-16
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  1. 2. Whale Hunting at Point Hope, a Village Caught between Tradition and Climate Change
  2. pp. 17-34
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  1. 3. Finding Produce in Alaska’s Winters Takes Wiles and Luck
  2. pp. 35-50
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  1. 4. Alaska Sprouts: The Future of Food Sprouts in Deep Winter
  2. pp. 51-66
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  1. 5. In a City of Strip Malls, a Vietnamese Noodle Revolution
  2. pp. 67-74
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  1. 6. Free Alaskan Salmon: Just Bring a Net and Expect a Crowd
  2. pp. 75-84
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  1. 7. How Spam Musubi Edged Its Way into Anchorage’s Food Scene
  2. pp. 85-92
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  1. 8. Thirty Days of Muktuk
  2. pp. 93-102
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  1. 9. Eating Well at the End of the Road
  2. pp. 103-124
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  1. 10. Thousands of Miles from Washington, DC, the Gwich’in Track the Fate of Caribou Country
  2. pp. 125-138
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  1. Afterword: Doughnuts at the Edge of the World
  2. pp. 139-148
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  1. Recipe List
  2. pp. 149-150
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 151-162
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780295746753
Related ISBN
9780295746142
MARC Record
OCLC
1107061928
Pages
176
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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