Last updated 5:48PM ET
February 22, 2008
Local News

New cookbook includes local tugboat captain's recipes

UNALASKA, AK (2008-01-25) Customers stopping by the Eagle Quality Center yesterday afternoon had a chance to get a taste of the cooking of Chris Starkenburg, the captain of the tugboat Gyrfalcon and something of a local authority on the unique art of galley cooking. He was at the Eagle promoting a new cookbook called The Galley Chef by Dean and Dione K. Lee, in which he is credited for many of the recipes.

Starkenburg said cooking on a boat offers some unique challenges you don't run into in a normal kitchen environment.

"You have to be organized, you have to be very quick at what you do," he said. "And it's tough because people really look forward to their meal. If you don't know how to cook, it's a long trip."

Before he started working on tugboats 18 years ago, Starkenburg was a cook on a crab boat. He learned quickly how tricky cooking at sea could be.

"One time we were in 30 foot seas, and I had a big pot of spaghetti sauce [on the stove]," he said. "The captain told me he heard a noise in the galley--I came in and the pot was still bolted down to the stove, [but] all the sauce had come out of the pot. I slid back and forth across the galley in my raingear for a few minutes before I could get up and get everything cleaned up."

Proceeds from copies of The Galley Chef sold at the Eagle yesterday go to the Shriners Hospitals, and the food was donated by the store. If you missed a chance to get the book there, you can find it at the Grand Aleutian Hotel gift shop and Alaska Ship Supply.

Copyright 2008, kial

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