on February 6, 2014
Well, I do one out of the two...I have worked on a mega yacht but I don't cook but that didn't stop be from having the laugh of my life! Victoria takes you on her journey with her husband (who just happens to be the Captain) step by step or rather roll by roll! It's not easy to explain what we do or how we do it but she does it with such visualization and humor...I was reading the book whilst getting a pedicure...in Hong Kong...pretty sure they thought I was some crazy Western lady because I would be quiet for a bit then chuckle then go into full-on deep, until your side hurts laughter. When my husband, a Yacht Captain as well, came to meet me, I couldn't wait to tell him the story of one of the deckhands after a big night out and the antics that ensued (you'll just have to read the book to find out the whole story)! But I just couldn't tell it like Victoria had written it! She truly has a gift with words. And then, to be able to have such incredible recipes filtered throughout this amazing tale is priceless. As a Chief Stewardess on yachts, I will say that the Chef's have the hardest jobs. Not only are you cooking 6-star service for 10-12 guests but you are also cooking for all the crew as well so for Chef Victoria to find time to create fabulous recipes, cook them and then write about them is beyond me! I can't read to more!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2012
Love this book Victoria, waiting for the next one. I have tried a couple of the recipes and they were very popular with the family. Everyone loved them and the things you have done in your life really makes me envious. Great reading and practical book as well. Make a great Christmas present.
Regards Judie Dujmovic
on July 30, 2012
I had the pleasure of meeting Victoria Allman at a writer's workshop. She's charming, gracious, unassuming, and of course, has a fascinating story! Since I'm a fellow writer with a passion for food and cooking, I was anxious to read her books. I began with SEAsoned.
I found this book to be a very fun escape. Several chapters in, I had left the realities of life (chores, household budgets, to-do lists), and found myself following Victoria, her husband and their crew through the waters of the Caribbean and on to Europe.
This book is very easy to read, and Victoria does a great job of painting a picture of life on a luxury yacht, from the perspective of the crew. She gives us a firsthand look at the challenges -- difficult guests, mechanical problems -- and the perks -- seeing the world! -- of life as a yacht crew member.
As a foodie, one of my favorite things about the book was traveling with Victoria through markets in the Caribbean, Italy, Cannes, Greece, and Spain, and baking coconut bread with Vivian in the Bahamas.
As a bonus for those of us who love to cook, Victoria includes more than 30 recipes, like Poached Eggs with Mango Salsa and Avocado, Warm Lobster Potato Salad, and Seared Shrimp with White Bean Puree and Proscuitto. I'm starting with Vivian's Coconut Bread.
An additional note: while I do most of my reading on my Kindle these days, I chose the print version of SEAsoned, and I'm glad I did. For starters, I loved glancing back at the yacht on the cover as I read, but since I plan to try out many of Victoria's recipes, I believe the print format will be more user-friendly than the smaller Kindle screen.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2011
The world of luxury yachts cruising the Caribbean or Mediterranean, is fascinating but foreign to most of us. In SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain, Chef Victoria Allman invites us on board to experience the life of working and living on the sea.
After many years as a first mate, Victoria's husband, Patrick, becomes the captain of a charter yacht in the Caribbean and their adventure begins. Mechanical problems first appear as they sail from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas, a foreshadowing of what is to come. With only an inexperienced couple as crew, Victoria's duties quickly expand beyond the kitchen.
The fun begins as their parade of guests arrives. First, an anorexic diva and her bully husband, who scars the teak deck and wrecks, then abandons, a jet-ski. While on an excursion with a young family, a group of feral pigs swim to their dinghy expecting a handout, and Patrick barely escapes injury. Then, there is the hospitable couple that invites the parties on the other yachts to dine with them, destroying Victoria's menu plans and the budget. On another cruise, a high-powered CEO arrives, bringing a group of friends, and running the onboard schedule as strictly as he does his business.
When the yacht is retired to the shipyard to make extensive repairs to multiple systems, Patrick and Victoria are off to the Mediterranean with a larger yacht and a more experienced, international crew. But the challenges continue. On their initial cruise, the first mate becomes drunk and deserts the ship. An ongoing assortment of guests tests Victoria's patience and ingenuity.
Victoria Allman has written a blend of memoir, travelogue, and cookbook. Her humorous accounts of their travels turn what might be lugubrious into a rollicking read. She closes each chapter with a recipe or two that she served to the guests, 30 recipes in all, that offer us a taste of world cuisine. She also includes a Culinary Glossary for those of us less acquainted with international dishes.
Although there is a common thread throughout the book, each chapter, which recounts one incident with their guests, can be read as a short story. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, especially the humor Victoria brings to many incidents which, I'm sure, were not funny to her at the time. My only warning is not to read this book on an empty stomach. The recipes are so tantalizing, I kept gravitating to the kitchen for a snack.
by Barbara Heming
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women