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The whale & the cupcake : stories of subsistence, longing, and community in Alaska

O'Malley, Julia 1978- (author.). Severson, Kim. (Added Author).

Summary: "With every generation, Alaska connects further to the outside world, but there are ways in which it will never be able to transcend the distance, physical and psychological. What Alaskans eat is an amalgam of wild-sourced foods, intricately tied to their landscape and identity, and foods that travel wildly long distances to get here, from faraway homes they long for or from places they can only imagine. In The Whale and the Cupcake: Stories of Subsistence, Longing, and Community, widely-published independent journalist and third-generation Alaskan Julia O'Malley reflects on the rub between self-reliance and longing that lives at the center of Alaskan food culture. The highly illustrated book will feature 12 new and previously published essays on that highlight Alaska's unique blend of isolated and international foodways, covering everything from whale hunting in the wake of climate change and the growing popularity of Spam musubi, to how Anchorage residents stock up on proteins and crave fresh fruit in the face of a long winter. It will also include five interviews with people who work with food (chefs, home cooks, purveyors, etc) and 10 - 12 of O'Malley's own recipes"--

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  • ISBN: 9780295746142
  • ISBN: 0295746149
  • ISBN: 9780295746753
  • Physical Description: print
    ix, 161 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 23 cm
  • Edition: 1st edition.
  • Publisher: Anchorage : Anchorage Museum ; [2019]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note: Foreword / by Kim Severson -- Introduction: what why how we eat -- In Alaska's far-flung villages, happiness is a cake mix -- Whale hunting at Point Hope, a village caught between tradition and climate change -- Finding produce in Alaska's winters takes wiles and luck -- Alaska sprouts: the future of food sprouts in deep winter -- In a city of strip malls, a Vietnamese noodle revolution -- Free Alaskan salmon: just bring a net and expect a crowd -- How Spam musubi edged its way into Anchorage's food scene -- Thirty days of muktuk -- Eatin well at the end of the road -- Thousands of miles from Washington, DC, the Gwich'in track the fate of Caribou Country -- Afterword: doughnuts at the edge of the world.
Subject: Cooking, American
Cooking Alaska
Cooking, American
Genre: Cookbooks.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Public Library.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Homer Public Library AK 641.5973 OMA (Text) 000154560 Alaskana -- Nonfiction Available -

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