Food in Alaska has a certain magic to it. If it comes from nature — like blueberries, herring eggs, moose meat, or salmon — it’s connected to the vast, wild place. If it comes from elsewhere, as almost all store-bought food does, it has novelty and, often, mysterious origins. If it’s prepared following a method from a homeland thousands of miles away, it’s full of longing and nostalgia. Alaska Natives who haven’t traveled to their rural home village for a long time talk about how eating wild foods, like seal oil sent by relatives, carries a comforting reminder of who they are. I had a great time helping to edit and contributing to the 2022 Eater Guide to Alaska. Take a look.