cover image The Salmon Sisters: Feasting, Fishing, and Living in Alaska

The Salmon Sisters: Feasting, Fishing, and Living in Alaska

Emma Teal Laukitis and Claire Neaton. Sasquatch, $22.95 (208p) ISBN 978-1-63217-225-9

Sisters Laukitis and Neaton, who grew up on a remote homestead in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands and worked in the family fishing business, deliver a refreshing and delightful seafood cookbook. Over the course of 50 recipes, the sisters introduce readers to the most common Alaskan fishing methods, provide guidance on filleting one’s fish, explain proper tide pool harvesting etiquette, and even demonstrate fishing knots. The duo guides readers through the preparation of each of the five species of Pacific salmon as well as various whitefish such as halibut and pollock, for recipes including wild salmon poke, DIY salmon gravlax served with a pitch-perfect Dijon-dill sauce, and crispy beer-battered halibut. They also offer recipes for whatever seasonal local fish may be on hand, which can then be topped with a fiddlehead-walnut pesto or cut up and placed in a spicy cioppino stew. Due to their location and lifestyle—they’d sometimes be out fishing for days at a time, so meals had to be assembled on the boat—their culinary approach employs hearty, easily sourced ingredients (radishes, cherry tomatoes, carrots, potatoes). It all adds up to an informative, entertaining, and inspiring approach sure to resonate with seafood lovers of all skill levels. (Apr.)