Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A Chef's Journey Across the Ocean

"A Chef's Journey Across the Ocean", begins in Canada, where the young chef struggles to make ends meet while dreaming of the food in far-off places. When friends introduce her to the world of yachting, she agrees to travel as chef on board a yacht. Her subsequent experiences highlight the cuisine of the places she visits. Inevitably, they also highlight the cultures.

Her food-related adventures include buying fish from an "olive-skinned Italian wrinkle of a man," traveling up a muddy river in Papua New Guinea past "wide-eyed, crusty-nosed children with bloated bellies to barter for bananas among women with breasts sagging to their bellies," and snorkeling the Bombay-colored shallows of the South Pacific "in pursuit of one of the world's deadliest creatures for dinner, led by a Tahitian man with dark tribal tattoos of tikis, turtles, and rays" running up and down his body.

"Sea Fare is filled with colorful characters and food-driven escapades," notes Victoria. "I wanted to bring to life the glamorous and adventurous world of yachting from the perspective of a chef responsible for buying and storing food at sea, catching and preparing fresh fish right out of the ocean, and procuring food -- and recipes -- from the natives in the places we visited."

Victoria uses the food culture in each port as the focus of Sea Fare, but her tales will interest anyone who loves to read about travel, yachts, adventure, and above all exotic cultures and cuisine.

Sea Fare: A Chef's Journey Across the Ocean is available at www.norlightspress.com, www.amazon.com, and at independent bookstores.

Sea Fare: A Chef's Journey Across the Ocean by Victoria Allman; Nonfiction; $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-935254-01-0

Author: Victoria Allman has been following her stomach as a yacht chef for ten years. Culinary trained at the Stratford Chef School in Canada and the Culinary Institute of America in New York, each new destination adds recipes, deepens her knowledge of world cuisine, and contributes to her ever-growing arsenal of fascinating food-related stories. She writes a monthly column for Dockwalk magazine and blogs about her travels at www.victoriaallman.com.

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