Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Book Review: SEAsoned

Title: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain
Author: Victoria Allman
Publisher: NorLights Press
Published Date: 2011
ISBN: 978-1-935254-37-9
Pages: 184

I received a copy of this book for free for my honest review.

About the Book:
Take two adventurous newlyweds and place them on a floundering yacht where the wife is the chef, and her boss, the captain, is also her husband. Add tw inexperienced crewmembers, an anorexic diva and her bully of a husband, a CEO who thinks he's in charge, a drunken first mate, and a randy wife looking for diversion. Stir with a violent storm and a rapidly flooding engine room. Apply pressure and watch the situation simmer to a boil.

Sprinkled with over 30 mouth watering recipes and spiced with tales of adventure, SEAsoned is the hilarious look at a yacht chef's first year working for her husband while they cruise from the Bahamas to Italy, France, Greece, and Spain, trying to stay afloat.

About the Author:
Victoria Allman has been following her stomach around the globe for twelve years as a yacht chef. She writes about her floating culinary odyssey through Europe, the Caribbean, Nepal, Vietnam, Africa, and the South Pacific in her first book, Sea Fare: A Chef's Journey Across the Ocean.
Victoria is a columnist for Dockwalk, an International magazine for crew members aboard yachts. In 2010, Victoria received a Royal Palm Literary Award from the Florida Writers Association. You can read more of her food driven escapades through her site.

My review:
Victoria Allman's book had it all for me-stories of food, recipes, and adventure. Allman is funny, sarcastic, and entertaining as she writes about the adventures she shares with her husband as they crew a yacht.
Allman's husband is the captain and she is the chef and together they tote passengers around the world. Their first year of marriage was also their first year of being in charge of their own yacht and it was filled with mishaps and great fun and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about it all.

The writing is delightful in the way she captures the mannerisms and attitudes of the passengers and leaves you wondering if it might be a celebrity you have heard of. Allman includes recipes in the book as she writes about the specific people and the meals she prepared for them. In my younger days I seriously considered getting a job on a cruise ship and this book helped to fulfill my wanderlust, even if on a smaller scale. Stay tuned for further posts when I have tried the recipes.

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