To kick off the spring/summer season of Heritage Radio Network, Cathy calls up Alana Kysar, author of Aloha Kitchen: Recipes from Hawai’i. Alana is a food blogger who was born and raised in Hawai’i, and grew homesick for the food of her home state the minute she left for college. Alana shares her initial fears of writing a cookbook that attempts to explain the cuisine of her home comprehensively, and how she wanted to convey a sense of “aloha,” a guiding principle of friendliness and acceptance of ideas, through it. In this episode, she shares insights on why Spam is beloved, why pineapples do not immediately make a dish Hawai’ian, what makes poke so good, and much more.

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