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How to Cook a Moose

How to Cook a Moose: A Culinary Memoir
AuthorKate Christensen
GenreMemoir, Cookbook
Published2015 (Islandport Press)
Publication placeUSA
Media typePrint (Hardback)

How to Cook a Moose: A Culinary Memoir is a 2015 autobiographical cookbook by Kate Christensen. It is about Christensen leaving New York and settling in New England.


The Los Angeles Review of Books, in a review of How to Cook a Moose, compared it to M. F. K. Fisher's book How to Cook a Wolf writing "The shoes Christensen was tasked to fill .. were cavernous. The challenge to carry on Fisher’s legacy, formidable. From the onset, Christensen seemed up to the challenge" and concluded "As a stand-alone, the book serves up heartfelt reflections on the food history of Maine and insights into the ways we build community, meal by meal. .. As a continuation of the social and culinary classic How to Cook a Wolf, it leaves the reader hungry for more."[1] The Chicago Tribune wrote "Fans of Christensen's novels and of her cooking-and-living blog, who have drooled for years over her fairy-tale travel, culinary, and romantic adventures with Brendan, will delight in this raucously, unabashedly ecstatic paean to her adopted home in "the northern corner" of New England, and to her delicious, contented life."[2]

The New York Times was critical, writing "Christensen comes across as a shrill arbiter of that notoriously slippery concept, authenticity."[3]

How to Cook a Moose has also been reviewed by the Star Tribune,[4] Kirkus Reviews,[5] Library Journal,[6] and Booklist[7]

It won the 2016 Maine Literary Award for Memoir.[8]


  1. ^ Simran Sethi (June 15, 2016). "Keeping the Wolf At Bay: The Hunger for a Better Food System". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  2. ^ Maran, Meredith (September 17, 2015). "Review: 'How to Cook a Moose' by Kate Christensen". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  3. ^ Abend, Lisa (December 31, 2015). "Sunday Book Review: The Shortlist: Food Memoir". New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Fabrega, Meganne (October 3, 2015). "Review: 'How to Cook a Moose,' by Kate Christensen". Star Tribune. Retrieved February 8, 2017. pays homage to the food culture of Maine by a "year rounder" (not to be confused with a native Mainer) who has adopted the state as her own.
  5. ^ "How To Cook A Moose". Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus Media LLC. June 3, 2015. Retrieved February 8, 2017. A warmly engaging culinary memoir.
  6. ^ "How To Cook A Moose: Reviews". Retrieved February 8, 2017. An engaging book that uses a love of food and place to frame Christensen's story of a significant move later in life.
  7. ^ "How to cook a moose : a culinary memoir". Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. Retrieved February 8, 2017. Some of these sections are more interesting than others, and Christensen sometimes comes across as a reverse snob. .. But readers partial to this kind of regional travelogue will find it a treat.
  8. ^ "2016 MLA: Brief Interviews the Winners". Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
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