Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Reading The Fishes & Dishes Cookbook

The Fishes & Dishes Cookbook:
Seafood Recipes and Salty Stories from Alaska's Commercial Fisherwomen
Kiyo Marsh, Tomi Marsh & Laura Cooper

144 pgs., $19.99
Epicenter Press
ISBN: 978-1-9353347-07-1

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but what I got was extraordinary. It's so much more than your regular cookbook adventure.
What follows are the stories of commercial fisherwomen who have taken on the Alaskan wild: amazing pictures, tips on how to prepare, store and cook several types of fish, and of course, delicious recipes. There's even a haiku or two thrown in.
Really, just the photos alone are worth it: pictures of Alaskan king crab the length of your legs, the icy bow of their ship, the Alaskan landscape itself.
The whole book is just simply gorgeous.
At the Fishes & Dishes website, you can buy the book, browse recipes and check out their Events blog.

Epicenter Press
Fishes & Dishes site

Monday, July 05, 2010

Grocery Shopping on the 4th of July

If this doesn't make you want to grow your own food, I don't know what will.

Yesterday, I was at The Grocery Store-just your average supermarket. I only had to pick up a few things.
Lemons were at the top of the list, to make lemonade. They were nowhere to be found. Strange, I thought. I asked the guy a couple aisles down unloading produce where I could find them. After some hunting around, we found them.

They were next to the broccoli in the vegetable section.
Hm. Okay.

Next on the list: peaches. Nothing like ripe, juicy peaches on a hot summer day. I was so looking forward to them. The entire batch of yellow peaches were squishy and soft, so much so that when I picked one up and applied light pressure, the skin actually broke, revealing a brownish flesh.
Onto the white peaches-not sure what was happening here, but there was some kind of clear white sticky stuff on most of the peaches.

By this time, I'm thinking-what is going on here? Generally, I have not seen the produce in this particular store like this and was quite surprised.
They have an organic section of produce where I thought, perhaps, the peaches would at least look a little better. Not so. I actually found white, fuzzy mold on most of the peaches.

To top it all off, the lemons themselves looked unhealthy.

I understand it was the holiday (4th of July) and the store was probably short-staffed, but there is no excuse for the poor state of produce in that store.

You better believe I complained and spoke to the manager.