Praise for ​The Little Alaskan Halibut Cookbook

“ The ​Little Alaskan Halibut Cookbook​ is yet another extraordinary culinary and artistic addition to this Ketchikan couple’s outstanding body of work. LaDonna’s recipes using Alaska’s favorite flatfish are creative, fun, easy to follow and absolutely delicious. ​Ole’s Alaska photos, as always, are a delightful addition, but his exquisite food photos are guaranteed to make you salivate. All the dishes look oh-so-tasty. Mmm, I can’t wait to try all of these recipes!”​   – Ray Troll, Soho Coho Art Gallery.

The Little Alaskan Halibut Cookbook by LaDonna Gundersen Hitting Shelves Soon!

Ketchikan, Alaska – April 27, 2017 – Alaska fisherwoman and author LaDonna Gundersen’s latest book ​The Little Alaskan Halibut Cookbook will be available May 6, 2017.

With four seafood cookbooks under her belt, Gundersen’s latest collection is about wild Alaskan halibut. The 85-page hardcover ($9.95) includes 41 recipes created and vetted in the galley of ​LaDonna Rose their 32-foot commercial fishing vessel. It also includes 28 full-color mouth-watering food photos, as well as, photographs of Southeast Alaska taken by Ole, Gundersen’s fisherman husband.  Over the years, Gundersen has learned the ins and outs of cooking in a 4 x 7 boat galley and the result are creative, simple and delicious recipes. ​

“The promise I try and keep with my recipes are simple, no fancy equipment or hard-to-find ingredients,” said LaDonna Gundersen. “I take pride in the fact, that anyone can make them, whether you’re a five-star chef or a first timer. All are a delicious addition to a cook’s repertoire of recipes.”  In the book, you’ll find classic and simple suppers including Halibut and Chips, Bacon-Wrapped Halibut, and Roasted Halibut Cheeks in Lemon Butter Sauce. On the grill dishes like Barbecued Halibut with Sundried Tomato-Basil Pesto, Grilled Haliburgers, and Grilled Halibut with Fresh Strawberry Salsa. Hearty main courses that you’ll want to serve at dinner parties like Halibut and Brie in a Puff Pastry, Halibut Enchiladas, and Halibut with Coconut-Curry and Bok Choy. And, a handful of tempting sweets like Apple Crumb Bars, French Coconut Pie, and Heavenly Key Lime Pie.

In addition, there is information about wild-caught Alaskan halibut including its life at sea, responsible management, and versatility in the kitchen, from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute as well as the health benefits of eating halibut and the history of Alaska Natives fishing for halibut using halibut hooks.  The Little Alaskan Halibut Cookbook

By LaDonna Gundersen Ole and LaDonna Gundersen, LaDonna Rose Publishing, May 2017, 85 pages Price: $9.95 hardcover, ISBN: 9781578336623

About LaDonna and Ole Gundersen For thirty years, the couple has spent their summers on their commercial fishing boat. ​As chief deck hand and galley cook, LaDonna has had plenty of experience preparing and cooking meals in the boat’s galley. On her website, she shares a selection of recipes and also hosts Ketchikan’s KPU TV ​Celebrity Chef with LaDonna.​

Recent accolades include a Master Chef Class at the National Hospitality Institute in Muscat, Oman, as well as a Fisherman to Fisherman Cultural Exchange. In December 2016, ​Edible Alaska Magazine ​featured the Dungeness Crab and Corn Chowder recipe, and in March 2017, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute #eatalaska campaign featured the Fresh Rolls with Smoked Salmon and Basil recipe.






March 13, 2014


included our Salmon Burger with Grilled Pineapple in their top five beef-free burgers.
















Where Women Cook Magazine Article:

The Spring 2013 (Mar/Apr/May) issue of Where Women Cook Magazine features some of the most talented people in the culinary world. We are offering you a look inside the pages of our current issue that hit newsstands March 1st. There are plenty of recipes and stories to inspire you in the kitchen this season.  Inside our latest issue we invite you to visit the galley with LaDonna Gundersen.



Stylist UK Magazine Article:

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Clout & About review:


“My book review? It’s like 52 love stories with dessert on top of every good dish.”

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Cookbook Man review:



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“LaDonna has put together a fantastic collection of salmon recipes. Not only are they fun and easy to make, but, her and Ole’s story is pretty unique and interesting.”

Sea Magazine Article

I’m so flattered. Sea Magazine calls me

”commercial salmon fishing’s Martha Stewart!”

Read the Seaside Chat here:

Northwest Yachting

“Alaskan Fisherwoman’s New Salmon

Cookbook Will Get You Hooked”

 January 2012, New Products Pg. 57

Table Talk Radio Interview

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Listen to LaDonna on TableTalkRadio – Radio That Tastes Good – with Jamie Peha and Chef Thierry Rautureau, “The Chef in the Hat”, a James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of Rover’s and Luc restaurants in Seattle. Listen… (interview begins after the 15:00 break)

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LaDonna in the KCPQ 13 studio cooking up one of her tasty salmon dishes and talking about the health benefits of Wild Alaska Salmon.

Watch LaDonna & Ole  On FOX Q13 News

The Table Talk Radio Q&A

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Lisa Samuelson recently sat down with LaDonna to learn more about the cookbook and her life as a commercial fisherwoman.

Three Sheets Northwest Story

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For Alaska couple, salmon is the flavor of life:
If anyone should know about cooking salmon, it’s LaDonna and Ole Gundersen. The couple has fished Alaska salmon for 24 years and typically dine on the iconic Northwest fish about five times a week, sometimes twice a day. As chief deckhand and cook on their 32-foot boat, LaDonna Rose, LaDonna has churned out literally thousands of salmon meals over the past couple of decades, creating and tweaking recipes in her boat’s tiny galley. Read more…

LaDonna appeared on:



The Martha Stewart Living Radio






Alaska Dispatch story 

AlaskaDispatch  News and voices from the Last Frontier

Galley chef helps Alaska fishermen replace junk food with healthy cuisine

    Alex DeMarban |   Dec 04, 2011
 A Ketchikan galley cook with a knack for whipping up dishes in cramped boat kitchens has an answer to the drab boat fare most commercial fishermen eat.

Instead of the same-old stuff — salmon-with-mayonnaise, Kirkland Signature snacks and heat-to-eat meals — LaDonna Rose Gundersen offers up a mouth-watering mix of wild salmon repasts and restaurant-quality desserts in her second cookbook, Read more…



 Ketchikan, Alaska – Fun, Food and FISH!!!


Fun and surprising! The last part of my trip out of Clover Pass Resort consisted of taking two Ketchikan locals who – get this – have never caught a fish on any type of sport fishing rod! I make this distinction because they are in fact, commercial fisherpeople!

Ketchikan: A Fish Story

Ketchikan Visitors Bureau

Ketchikan’s vibrant fishing community is featured in this 35-minute documentary, produced to engage visitors in the lifeblood of this small town. Suspense, action and comedy are melded to form the compelling story of deep-rooted traditions and a dream for future generations. Candid interviews highlight locals from every facet of the industry and give voice to the satisfaction and pride that a hard day’s work can bring.

Watch..Ole & LaDonna on their fishing boat.

Their segment starts at 09:00 minutes into the film.