The Boat Cook Book
– starting with judicious suggestions for a well-stocked galley (cupboard ingredients, as well as pots and pans and kit), the recipes are classified in “harbour”, “at sea” and “at home”.
Some of the recipes are staples revisited with a twist (I must try the crab macaroni cheese!), whilst others give a completely new take on old favourites – the section on “things on toast” comes to mind.
This is a very attractive book: with not only photographs of the dishes, but also rather beautiful illustrations, the book is much more than recipes: full of “wave wisdoms” – from “how to catch a mackerel” to “sexy samphire” and “the art of crabbing”.
Fiona Sims also gives some tips on matching wine and food, and – maybe most importantly on a boat – how to conserve wine at sea.
And if that wasn’t enough, you can also catch up with “the shipping forecast demystified”, “seasickness remedies”, “sustainable fishing” – or start a quiz about “ten great boating films”!
If you are looking for quick and easy recipes to impress your crew, this is the book for your boat! And if you ever find yourself trying to impress the Little Ship Club’s President with your cooking, look no further than this book for his favourite dish!
If I were allowed one criticism: the “Spirit” section could have included a couple of ideas for canapes which can be made with limited space and ingredients.