Four months in a kitchen on the Kvichak River in Alaska exposed Ms. Tomato to more salmon fillets than anyone needs in a lifetime. These vibrant creatures want nothing more than to mate and proliferate and that, of course, attracts opportunists -- namely the bear and human fishing communities. The difference is the bear gets a free lunch while the humans pay up to $8000/week for it.
Ms. Tomato was flown out a couple of times during the four-month season at the Alaska Sportsman's Lodge to see first-hand the bears and the people who fish. Food is such an interesting lens through which to experience little worlds. We are still attempting to figure out the cult of catching beautiful, erotically-charged water creatures, taking a picture of them, measuring their girth and length, then letting them go.
And we may have just answered our own question.