NC Literary Hall of Fame



Carolina Catch: Cooking North Carolina Fish and Shellfish from Mountains to Coast by Debbie Moose

University of North Carolina Press
$35.00, hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-469640501
April, 2018
Nonfiction: Cookbook
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"A great starting point for anyone looking to explore fish."
—Ashley Morris, Wilmington-Star News

"Terrific and tantalizing, spritely and informed, Debbie Moose's Carolina Catch features a wide variety of exciting ways to cook fish, including many interesting regional and international recipes—all of which I want to try."
—Nathalie Dupree, co-author of Nathalie Dupree's Shrimp and Grits

"Starting with a quick mountains-to-sea tour explaining how fisheries have created cultures and communities across North Carolina, Debbie Moose offers a friendly and enlightening cookbook that will both comfort and embolden the fish-fearful while tantalizing those of us who love the bounty of our state's rivers and coastline. Featuring recipes and species suggestions that open a wide world of good eating, Carolina Catch shows that one of the best ways to steward our precious fisheries is to recognize the seasonality of North Carolina's seafood and cook with it!"
—Ann Cary Simpson, interim director, N.C. Catch, and photographer, Little Rivers and Waterway Tales

Early in life, North Carolinian Debbie Moose encountered fish primarily in stick form, but once she experienced her first raw oyster and first fried soft-shell crab, their pure flavors switched her on to shellfish and fish forever. Moose has now written the cookbook that unlocks for everyone the fresh tastes of North Carolina grilled tuna, steamed shrimp, pan-seared mountain trout, fried catfish, and baked littleneck clams, to name just a few of the culinary treasures sourced from the waters of a state that stretches from the mountains to the sea.

In ninety-six dishes, Moose shows how to prepare North Carolina fish and shellfish—freshwater, saltwater, wild-caught, and farmed—in both classic southern and inventive, contemporary ways. The book's Best Basics section provides a much needed one-stop resource for confident selection, preparation, and storage, and the Think Seasonal section offers a comprehensive list with descriptions and peak availability of North Carolina fish and shellfish. Recipes include suggestions for appropriate alternate fish or shellfish—the idea is to try new varieties in season and support local fisheries. And, as Moose explains, dock-to-door services and local seafood organizations are making sourcing easier for home cooks.

Debbie Moose of Raleigh knows that nothing connects people—and helps them have a good time—like food. Her seventh cookbook will be published in 2018. Her freelance work appears in newspapers and magazines, and she is a five-time winner for essay writing from the Association of Food Journalists. Debbie is a member of Southern Foodways Alliance. As a native North Carolinian and lifelong resident, she believes that eastern North Carolina barbecue is The One True 'Cue. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and visit her website,


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