Victoria Petersen was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Her great-grandparents moved here in the 1940’s, and over the years an entire city popped up around them. Always a storyteller, Victoria took a strong interest in journalism from an early age and never stopped writing. Her favorite subjects? Alaska, its food, and its wild history. She has written for several local, national, and international publications, including the Alaska Dispatch News, Edible Alaska, Cruise Critic, and Great British Chefs. She became serious about food when she heard Michael Pollan speak in Cooked.
“For is there any practice less selfish, any labor less alienated, any time less wasted, than preparing something delicious and nourishing for the people you love?” – Michael Pollan
Abigail Slater was also born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, but is only a first generation city kid. Her mother hails from the midwest, and her father was raised in his Native Alaskan village of Seldovia. Abigail began writing fiction in kindergarten and then kept doing it, to the annoyance of her math teachers. In 2014, her first novel was chosen as the winner of the Hot Key Books Young Writers’ Prize, and she is now working on her second novel. She didn’t take an interest in food until her teens, and didn’t start writing about it until college. Now, she’s dived into the deep end, thanks to her inspiration from numerous professors and Anthony Bourdain.
“But I do think the idea that basic cooking skills are a virtue, that the ability to feed yourself and a few others with proficiency should be taught to every young man and woman as a fundamental skill, should become as vital to growing up as learning to wipe one’s own ass, cross the street by oneself, or be trusted with money.” – Anthony Bourdain