Learning to Like Muktuk
192 pages, 5 1/5 x 9 2/5
21 b&w photos, 1 cartoon
Release Date:01 Nov 2014

Learning to Like Muktuk

Oregon State University Press
When Penelope Easton, a Second World War veteran with a Masters in Public Health, embarked on a journey to post-war territorial Alaska to serve as a dietitian for the Alaskan Health Department, she could not anticipate the stricken conditions she would find. Fascinated by the glorious and unique foods of indigenous Alaskans, such as muktuk – strips of whale skin and blubber – she took every opportunity to learn about Native Alaskan peoples and their food culture. Easton’s memoirs convey a new perspective on the interactions of Native and non-Native groups at a critical point in Alaska’s history. Learning to Like Muktuk will enthrall readers interested in food, the North’s territorial history, and adventure.
Growing up as a child of the Great Depression, Penelope Easton learned to “make do.” This resourceful mentality would prove essential in Territorial Alaska. After leaving Alaska she returned to the lower forty-eight where she worked as a professor of dietetics.
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