The Whale and the Cupcake: Stories of Subsistence, Longing, and Community in Alaska

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$24.95  $23.20
University of Washington Press
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6.6 X 9.0 X 0.5 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Julia O'Malley is an Anchorage-based food journalist, writing teacher, and editor-at-large at the Anchorage Daily News, for which she writes recipes and a regular Alaska food newsletter. She was the Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage from 2015 to 2017 and now teaches writing workshops around the state. She has written about food, climate, and culture for the Guardian, Eater, NationalGeographic, High Country News, and the New York Times, among other publications. She won a 2018 James Beard Award in the foodways category.


"What comes across most is that Alaskan cuisine is adaptive--all about preservation, creativity, and surviving harsh landscapes. The Whale and the Cupcake is a thoughtful and enticing culinary text."

-- "Foreword Reviews"

"Here's a book recommendation for you, the product of one of the great reporters and writers who pals around our set: Julia O'Malley's The Whale and the Cupcake, from the University of Washington Press. Order today, and I think you'll have it by Christmas."

-- "New York Times"

"Through this book, she doesn't merely introduce us to Alaskan foods, she discovers the soul of Alaska itself."

-- "Anchorage Daily New"

"The Whale and the Cupcake paints an inclusive picture of America's most northern state. It travels widely to survey Alaska's diverse people and their many food cultures."

-- "H-Net"