Chop. Roast. Burn. Boil. Ferment. We transform the animal and vegetable world into innumerable forms. Life does this to us too as if we were food: It hacks, blends, sears, and bakes us, turning us from the raw material of childhood into the innumerable forms of humanity. Life chews us […]

Cooking is Transformation

Without a doubt the best food in Fairbanks: Seoul Sushi Cafe. The chef is consistently creative, as in these tuna tacos, the food is consistently good, and the service is consistently quirky and pleasant.  My only complaint is that I can’t eat there often enough.

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(This piece was originally published in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner) Of all the Thanksgiving traditions I inherited from my family, “Always invite someone new” is my favorite. Over the years, this tradition has created some memorable feasts: I’ve reconnected with old friends, made new friends and watched as the “someone […]

Gratitude in a Pilgrim’s Hat

(This piece was originally published in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner) You know you’re loved when someone pit-roasts an entire pig in your honor. During the last three years, Eddie Kim, a poet and the most recent friend of mine to depart from Fairbanks, has become, as another friend put it, […]

Goodbye to All That

First of all, the News-Miner, our local paper, asked me to write a monthly food column, and I was more than happy to oblige. My first one is out today, a short little piece on Salmon Cheesecake. Second of all, I want playlists. Dinner party playlists to be exact. I […]

Food and Music

  Something about being a parent brought out a fine appreciation for The Rules in me.  Even the most carefree eccentric artistic types will turn into whip-cracking fascist tyrants when they find another towel on the bedroom floor, only minutes after telling a child to hang up the towel when […]

Baking Bread and Breaking Rules

Well.  I’d had it. I’d finally wept enough over the distance of Southern food, the geographic distance and the emotional distance, so on Saturday, in recognition of the completion of UAF English Dept’s Graduate Student 6 Hour Comprehensive Examinations I threw together (with the help of a few friends) a […]

Alaska Style Southern Food Fest

Fairbanks has my brain in its icy claws; the temptation to eat donuts and birthday cake by the truckload is powerful.  It’s been -30°F (and colder) here for weeks and weeks and weeks.  We’ve had a few days here and there of temps above 0°, but from Thanksgiving until now […]

Moonsets and Moonpies at Thirty Below

I try not to be bitter over my exile in this Winter Wasteland.  I try to love this place the way some of my friends and colleagues do.  But I. Just. Can’t. It’s dark here.  Nothing is easy in the cold.  My footing is still, after 15 years in Alaska, […]

Drunken Winter Crazy Cookies