By Lara Alexander
Local Edmonds “foodie” Karen Rosenzweig has a new project and she wants to share it with you. With a lifelong love of cooking and experience working as a personal chef, Rosenzweig is not a newbie in the kitchen, but something she has never done is to cook her way through an entire cookbook. Until now.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Rosenzweig plans on preparing every one of the 75 seafood recipes by Seattle author Becky Selengut (known on Twitter as @Chef Reinvented) in her new sustainable seafood cookbook, “Good Fish.”
Her goal is to cook each recipe, in her Edmonds kitchen, with as few substitutions or changes as possible, and to photograph and blog about each dish. “I think many people have overcooked seafood in the past and they are a little scared about trying it,” says Rosenzweig, “When you have a good, well-written recipe, like Becky’s, it’s very easy to just follow the steps and get a great result.”
So far, Rosenzweig has prepared 12 of the 75 recipes. “Hands down, my favorite has been the Wild Salmon Chowder,” she says. “It has fantastic flavor, is very easy to make and tastes even better the next day.” Most people are aware of the health benefits of adding more seafood to their diet, but many are still intimidated by the idea of cooking fish well at home. “It’s important to read the directions two or three times before you begin, so you can structure your tasks and have everything on hand,” advises Rosenzweig.
Even for those who are confident about their cooking skills, identifying what fish is “sustainable” can be daunting. More than just a collection of recipes, Selengut’s cookbook speaks to those who want to untangle the “good” fish from the over-fished. Rosenzweig explains, “Good fish is fish that is healthy for both you and the planet, fish that’s in season, that’s been farmed or caught in a way that’s good for the environment — and don’t assume that all farmed fish is bad!” For many of her recipes so far, Rosenzweig has been shopping at the Edmonds PCC, but wishes that the Shoreline Central Market were a little closer to home, as “they have a HUGE selection of seafood!” she says.
To follow Rosenzweig’s good fish adventure, you can read her blog at www.goodfishgoodcook.com. Each of her blog entries is introduced with a personal story of food, family and the Northwest. You may recognize Rosenzweig as the author of social media articles on My Edmonds News. If you see her around town, give her a wave and see if you can score a few seafood cooking tips!
A culinary adventurer, Lara Alexander grows, cooks and writes about food from her home in Edmonds. You can read about her garden and kitchen fun on the blog Food-Soil-Thread.