From 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.