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from the publisher’s desk
THIS MONTH WE focus on health, starting with some
serious exercise. We may not all want to run 50 or 100
miles like our cover story subject, Costco member and
ultrarunner Scott Jurek, but there is no doubt that getting
some exercise on most days is one of the keys to good
health. If you need a little motivation to get moving, you’ll
find Jurek’s tips on page 24 helpful.
Our For Your Health special section, beginning on
page 27, has information and advice on headaches, foot
care, computer glasses, allergies, medication disposal, handy
smartphone health apps and more.
We also celebrate dads and grads this month. Dads and
over-21-year-old college grads might like one of the Russian River pinot noirs or chardonnays that Annette Alvarez-Peters describes on page 53, or a bottle of bourbon, such as our
new 7-year-old Kirkland Signature™ Small Batch Bourbon or Maker’s Mark. You can learn
about bourbon’s interesting history, key ingredients and taste profiles on page 55.
Criterion Collection, maker of archival-quality video releases of classic films, is profiled
on page 62. If your dad or grad is a film buff, you may want to consider a gift of one of the
19 Criterion titles currently offered in our warehouses.
You absolutely can’t go wrong with a gift of our Kirkland Signature no-iron men’s
shirts. At just $17.99, and with the same quality as high-end department stores’ dress shirts,
they are an incredible value. You can read more on page 69.
Costco Photo Centers can help you preserve memories of your family celebrations. As
a Costco member, you can upload your photos to a free account on Costco.com to safely
store and edit them. Photo Centers also offer a variety of products to help you display your
photos, including photo books, canvas prints and posters, stationery, greeting cards, calendars and more. Learn more about our photo products and services in this month’s Buying
Smart feature, beginning on page 72.
Happy Father’s Day and congrats to grads from all of us at Costco! C
Ginnie Roeglin is Senior Vice
President, E-Commerce and
Publishing, and Publisher of
The Costco Connection.
from the editor’s desk
THOSE OF US who live in the Pacific Northwest are
biased when it comes to salmon, the subject of this
month’s Creative Cooking feature on page 48. Fish and
forests, both in incredible abundance here, constitute
our natural heritage, sustaining people for millennia
and serving as our first industries before airplanes,
software, coffee and, of course, Costco.
So when our fresh-food buyers contacted The
Connection with news about this year’s Copper River
salmon run, we jumped at the chance to devote an
article to this interesting topic. It helped that in their
younger days several Connection staffers happened to work in the salmon industry,
either in Alaska canneries or on boats, including page designer David Schneider,
who once packed fish at a processing plant in Kenai, Alaska.
The Copper River salmon run, as our story explains, is eagerly awaited every year.
Salmon instinctively return to their native rivers—in this case the wild, long and
glacier-fed Copper in south-central Alaska. These fish bulk up in oil and fat content
for their amazing journey, giving the Copper River run superb flavor and brightness.
As wild fish, these salmon are subject to the vagaries of nature, which makes them
even more special. This year’s run is expected to be plentiful, and our buyers are excited
that we can get wild salmon to Costco locations around the country. Other productive
wild salmon runs are expected to come throughout the summer after the Copper River
salmon. It all means good warm-weather grilling opportunities.
It’s important to note that our buyers place a great emphasis on finding fresh, sustainable foods, and search the world for products that meet those standards. This is a
huge challenge, given that there are some 650 Costco locations in the world. In the case
of salmon, we’re thrilled to offer this unique wild version when it’s available. C
Tim Talevich is Editorial
Director of The Costco