The Eskimo Cookbook, a small cookbook written by students of the Shishmaref Day School in 1951, exists as a testament to the changing world. Detailing traditional recipes of the Inupiaq village just 20 miles south of the Arctic Circle, the cookbook offers instructions on preparing the plants and wildlife indigenous to North Western Alaska, from stinkweed to polar bear and whale.
My partner and I traveled to Shishmaref in March this year to interview surviving contributors of the original cookbook as well as to work with the younger generations on writing recipes for a new cookbook. Families have been preparing these recipes for generations, but like the landscape itself, Shishmaref's foods are changing.
This week, Brian and I were happy to have our story on food in Shishmaref, Alaska featured in GOOD. We both love GOOD, and we are happy to be a part of it!