Book Review of Alaska Lodge Chef by Achim 'Chef Keem' Thiemermann

by JoHarrington

When Chef Keem isn't running Wizzley, he's cooking, as the name might suggest. Anecdotes and recipes abound from his days as a chef in a remote Alaskan lodge.

Long before Wizzley, Chef Keem earned his pennies with a two day journey by air into the Alaskan wilderness.

The Driftwood Lodge lay just ten miles east of the mouth of the Bering Strait. High powered business executives and adventurers would come to experience nature, eighty-five miles from the nearest town. And the salmon fishing, of course.

Achim's job was to feed them, while staring down bears and wolves. Culinary skills, mastered in a mod cons kitchen with a massive budget, are shared with humor and panache.

Alaska Lodge Chef: Hilarious Stories and Favorite Recipes from the Driftwood Lodge

Chef Keem Brings Some Wild Cooking Recipes to the Table

While Achim was perfecting this menu, he could look out of his kitchen window over whole families of moose (or wolves) and the odd snuffling bear.

Image: Chef KeemFrom the outset, my eyebrows were somewhere in my hairline.  I've never been to Alaska. There's an ocean between me and the nearest wild bear. But even I know that there are some things which you should never do to them.

Or on them, as the case may be.

Right up there at the top of the list is peeing on a foraging brown bear's head. I read with rapt dread as Chef Keem did just that; quickly turning the digital page to see how he could possibly get away with it.

This was just one of many anecdotes to enrich his Alaskan cookbook. These tales are sprinkled like seasoning between the recipes. The humor and adventure continues into the actual cooking too. I mean, you know that you've got a great duck recipe, when you have to pre-dial the '91' on your cellphone (just in case) before you even begin.

As a vegetarian, many of the dishes wouldn't apply. But there was plenty for me too. I paid close attention to the fruit and salad dressings. I might even attempt to cook those famous brownies, enjoyed by a former Texan governor.

I'm definitely going to have a go at the coconut macaroons and the peach melba. It would be rude not to.

Alaska Lodge Chef - A Small Kindle eBook Packed with Fun

At just 37 pages, Chef Keem's eBook is a quick read. I was in and out in just half an hour. But that was a highly amusing and totally riveting thirty minutes.

I understand, from conversations with the author, that he is currently working on a much longer version. That's a project which I'll cheer on with absolute gusto. This tiny taster was the perfect appetizer for that literary main course.

It's a thoroughly entertaining read, with some delicious recipes detailed too.

Readers may be disappointed to note that Alaska Lodge Chef is only available via Kindle. However, they could be sated by downloading the free Kindle eReader for their PC, and other devices. Job done!

Updated: 06/15/2013, JoHarrington
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JoHarrington on 06/06/2014

I'm too busy writing articles for Wizzley. *smirk*

chefkeem on 06/06/2014

Fine. Be that way. Starve to death. *grumble* *grin*

JoHarrington on 06/06/2014

LOL I'm avoiding writing enough books of my own. This is YOURS. :p

chefkeem on 06/06/2014

Perhaps YOU should write it, Jo. Your style is so much more refined and funnier than mine. I tell you everything via Skype-recordings, and you put it on digital paper. Then we split the millions. :)

JoHarrington on 06/06/2014

Hear! Hear! Mira speaks for me too! *cracks whip* Book now please! (Preferably in English eventually, as I have no German. -.- )

Mira on 06/06/2014

Wow, wonderful read!! The ending was so amazing :)
P.S. ChefKeem: I just saw your comment after I posted the above. You have us all here writing, but I'd really like to see more writing from you :-). I so enjoyed this little book!

chefkeem on 06/06/2014

Thank you for your kind words, Mira and Jo. I've started on a longer version in German, but life got in the way and I stopped. "Life" may mean "laziness", in this case. *Sigh*

Mira on 06/06/2014

I've read part of the book already. I really like the recipes!! His dressings are wonderful. Got to a part with a breaded halibut. Good and interesting stuff.
If he writes another book, will it be only about Alaska, or about his experience as a chef in Austin, TX as well?

JoHarrington on 06/06/2014

He's hilarious in this, very much on form. He did say that he was going to write a longer version, I don't know what happened to it.

Mira on 06/06/2014

I read the free sample and enjoyed the writing style and ChefKeem's humor (which I expected, knowing ChefKeem a little from our forum). I'm very tempted to buy the book. I also hope he writes a longer book.

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