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Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day, and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine (At Table) by [Jason C. Anthony]

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One place locavorism does not flourish: Antarctica. Despite its status as a continent, it has no arable land, and native fauna include just penguins, other seabirds, and seals, none of which ranks on most chefs’ lists of tasty ingredients. Anthony has lived and worked in Antarctica over the course of a number of summers, so he knows just what’s available there. Current residents, most of them researchers, have their food shipped in from sponsoring countries. Early explorers ate similar if less healthful food, their main sustenance being “hoosh,” pemmican stew thickened with crushed biscuits. Anthony recounts many stories of early pioneers’ attempts to survive the harsh climate by dining on seal meat. One hardy troop even played music to console grieving penguins, whose eggs they had stolen. A complete culinary collection that aims to represent all seven continents will need this book on its shelves, but don’t expect a lot of call for its recipes. --Mark Knoblauch --This text refers to the paperback edition.


From the New York Times:
"What ultimately ensures this unlikely book's appeal to a larger audience than armchair Antarctophiles and demented foodies is that Anthony is a fine, visceral writer and a witty observer. He paints his cast of questers with a Monty-Pythonesque brush, but balances the telling with a refusal to sneer or giggle. He demonstrates genuine respect, compassion and a kind of hopeless love for his quixotic subjects and their grandiose, miserable hungers." - Rebecca P. Sinkler:

From The Independent (UK):
"one of the most enthralling studies of gastronomy ever published" - Christopher Hirst

From The Portland Phoenix
""Anthony's voice truly comes into its own... with the spirited air of one who has eaten well in these hard places."

From Booklist:
"A complete culinary collection... will need this book on its shelves." - Mark Knoblauch

From Kirkus:
"Anthony enlivens historical facts with a knack for choice anecdotes... A singular, engrossing take on a region that until now has been mostly documented from a scientific angle or romanticized by adventurers."

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B009ND2J2W
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Nebraska Press (November 1, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 1, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3623 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 344 pages
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    4.6 out of 5 stars 31 ratings

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Jason C. Anthony is the 2014 Literary Fellow for the state of Maine. Other recent honors include a 2014 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Nonfiction Fellowship and a 2015 MacDowell Colony Fellowship. He was born in Maine in 1967, attended school and college in Massachusetts, and earned his MA in Poetry from the University of New Hampshire. Soon thereafter, he fled the warm world for Antarctica, where he worked in the United States Antarctic Program for eight austral summers as a Waste Management Specialist, Fuels Operator, Cargo Handler, Skiway Groomer, and Camp Supervisor. He filled his Antarctic notebooks with the raw material for lyric essays, essays, and articles, some twenty three of which have been published since he last left the ice in 2004. One Antarctic essay was selected for The Best American Travel Writing 2007, and another was a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2006. His essay Hoosh, published in the literary food journal Alimentum, became the origin for his first book, Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day, and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine.

Hoosh won a 2012 Andre Simon Food and Drink Book Award, a 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Award (Travel), a Silver Medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards (Creative Nonfiction), and was a finalist for a 2013 Maine Literary Award (Nonfiction).

For more on Hoosh, check out Many of his earlier Antarctic writings are available at Jason Anthony now lives in Maine again with his wife, the singer-songwriter Heather Hardy.

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