The Tutka Bay Lodge: Coastal Cuisine in the Wilds of Alaska

by Kirsten and Mandy Dixon

In personal stories, evocative photographs, and recipes that are purposefully simple and designed for the home cook, Chef Kirsten Dixon and her family share fresh, rustic cuisine offering friendship, communicating passion, and bringing comfort and delight to the table. This recipe collection represents the cuisine at Tutka Bay Lodge, the Dixons’ seaside lodge nestled within the curve of a quiet cove at the entrance to Tutka Bay, a deep seven-mile fjord in Kachemak Bay, Alaska.

In old-world tradition, Kirsten Dixon’s family works together to craft a lifestyle that centers around three themes: the natural world, their culinary lives, and living a life of adventure. The cookbook is organized by sections for breakfast, lunch, appetizers, dinner, and the Cooking School at Tutka Bay. Among the one hundred recipes are Brioche Doughnuts with Cider Black Currant Marmalade, Hot-Smoked Salmon Croquettes, Grilled Oysters with Salmon Bacon and Pernod, Braised Short Rib Ravioli, and Wild Berry Chocolate Shortcake.

“Seafood is the star of our cuisine here, as it should be. We certainly serve our share of ocean-caught salmon throughout the entire summer season. Halibut, cod, rockfish, shrimp, and crab also are served nearly daily. We are never too far from the garden in our cooking and many of our recipes include fresh-picked herbs or vegetables that grow well in Alaska. In addition, the wild berries, herbs, mushrooms, and sea vegetables inspire us to remember where on the Earth we live and how lucky we are,” Kirsten says.

The Winterlake Lodge: Culinary Adventures in the Wilderness

by Kirsten Dixon

Chef Kirsten Dixon has successfully built her culinary reputation on the coupling of two themes: world-class cuisine and America’s Last Frontier. Hailed by Bon Appetit, the James Beard House, Food Illustrated, the House of Blues, and Esquire, among many reviewers, Kirsten Dixon’s elegant regional cuisine continues to excite international enthusiasm.

Winterlake is one of three remote Alaska lodges operated by Kirsten and her husband; Carl. Nestled along the Iditarod Trail in the Alaska Range, Winterlake is accessible only by small plane, dog team, or snowmobile. Visitors are invariably gratified to sample her stylish fare along with log-cabin hospitality.

In The Winterlake Lodge Cookbook, Kirsten divides the year into seasons, then commingles memoir and cooking lessons, inviting readers into this adventurous life. Lavishly illustrated with images of food, wildlife, and unsurpassable landscapes, this long-awaited sequel to Kirsten’s Riversong Lodge Cookbook is as visually sumptuous as are her inspired recipes.