The Salmon Sisters Cookbook Review

The Salmon Sisters Cookbook Review

Title: The Salmon Sisters: Feasting, Fishing, and Living in Alaska: A Cookbook with 50 Recipes
Author: Emma Teal Laukitis and Claire Neaton
Published: April 7, 2020, Sasquatch Books
No. of Pages: 208
Cover Price: $24.95 Hardcover, $12.99 Kindle

Anyone who has visited Alaska knows how beautiful it is. Yearly fishing trips are scheduled there, and some of the best fish and seafood comes out of that state. Emma Teal Laukitis and Claire Neaton have lived in Alaska their entire lives and have grown up in the family fishing business. While on long trips on boats, they have developed recipes using what they have taken with them and being mindful of the diminishing fresh foods as the boat trips go longer. The sisters’ story is fascinating, and The Salmon Sisters: Feasting, Fishing, and Living in Alaska: A Cookbook with 50 Recipes is a great book to sit in a comfortable place and read cover to cover.

In the early chapters, there are good illustrations of different kinds of fish; most of us won’t recognize them, since most of our experience with fish is out of a grocery store. Not only are there illustrations, there is enough information for most of us to know what we are getting when using different types of seafood.

No matter how good the information is in a book on the subject, the most important thing is the recipes. And in this excellent cookbook, they are incredible. There are also beautiful photographs (not enough, and not of every recipe), which make it possible for readers and cooks to choose what they want to make and know how it should turn out. Salmon and Avocado Eggs Benedict is a new favorite recipe, and also Sautéed Halibut with Lemon-Pesto Butter (anyone who has eaten halibut in Alaska is very lucky and knows just how good it is). The recipe for Halibut Chowder is perfect. There are recipes for crab, shellfish, and even octopus.

Not only are there recipes for great seafood dishes, but also soups and wonderful sauces to top grilled or fried fish. Also included are vegetables, salads, breads, side dishes, and desserts. These sisters have outdone themselves with the variety of the recipes, which are easy-to-follow and written so anyone can turn out picture-perfect dishes from this cookbook.

Anyone who wants to learn about seafood will find that this becomes their “go-to” cookbook. It is excellent and highly recommended.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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