The great thing about salmon is they represent summer; cooking and eating salmon is about as good as it gets. Friends, warm weather and the aroma of salmon caramelizing over a barbecue is glorious. Top it off with a wonderful dessert and you have pure bliss. As a commercial salmon fisherwoman, I am blessed to have wild Pacific salmon readily available and have been eating this majestic fish for over two decades now. Through the years, when giving salmon as a gift, more often than not, people ask, “WhatdoIdowithit?”and“HowdoIeatit?”
My goal with this book is to celebrate the extraordinary wild Pacific salmon and to help you cook salmon at home with pleasure and success. To me, that means being able to put terrific, delicious salmon dishes on my table without devoting a weekend to the preparation and execution of a meal. I wrote this book because I want you to enjoy the dazzling flavors of salmon and to be able to cook it as easily, happily and quickly as you make other favorite dishes for your table. To accomplish this, I focused on everyday ingredients and recipes that would not take too much time and effort. Salmon dishes you can make anytime, anywhere, quickly and easily. It’s fun food, nothing too fancy, but it’s all deeply satisfying. As you flip through the recipes, you will find classic favorites like Wild Salmon Quiche with Parmesan Crust, Baked Mini Salmon Croquettes with Creamy Dill Sauce and Smoked Salmon Dip as well as fresh ideas that capture the flavors of cuisines around the world, but have become familiar favorites because of their broad appeal. Some are quick and simple to prepare, others are a more labor of love-but all are delicious additions to a cook’s repertoire of recipes.
I hope that what you gain from this book will not only be a great collection of recipes, but also a glimpse into the world of salmon fishing. When you venture to your local supermarket and you see the orange-red fillet of wild salmon, you will have a better understanding of how to prepare it and what it took to get it there.