Sea Fare: A Chef's Journey Across the Ocean is the delicious memoir, featuring exotic recipes from a young chef who joins a yacht and travels the world, finding love along the way. Imagine traveling aboard a yacht; buying fish from an olive-skinned Italian wrinkle of a man with rough hands and forearms that bulge like Popeye's. Picture swimming with dolphins that circle you like a carousel in the pure azure waters of the Caribbean. Travel up a muddy river past wide-eyed, crusty-nosed children with bloated bellies into the center of Papua New Guinea to barter for bananas among women with breasts sagging to their bellies and bones poked through their lips.
Visualize snorkeling through Bombay-colored shallows of the South Pacific to hunt one of the world's deadliest creatures for dinner, led by a Tahitian man with dark tribal tattoos of tikis, turtles and rays wrapped around his bicep and stretching down his muscular calves. Imagine pitching back and forth uncomfortably in monstrous swells and raging seas during a tropical storm.
Sea Fare is a culinary odyssey seasoned with exotic recipes from around the world. Rita Golden Gelman, author of best-selling Tales of a Female Nomad (Random House) says, "When she isn't catching fish on hidden islands, immersing herself in fascinating cultures, like Papua New Guinea, or hanging out with colorful characters, she is serving up the most amazing meals, and sharing her recipes and secrets. Victoria Allman is as good a writer as she is a cook. I loved reading her book. I wish I could have eaten it."
Chef David Shalleck, author of Mediterranean Summer (Random House) says, "Acting on wanderlust breeds fantastic discoveries. Making it a lifestyle puts dreams into reality. In Sea Fare, Victoria presents a global collage of unscripted culinary experience that offers the reader an honest portrayal in the school of life".
Victoria Allman has been following her stomach as a yacht chef for ten years. She is culinary trained at the Stratford Chef School and the Culinary Institute of America. She writes a monthly column for Dockwalk magazine and blogs about her travels at www.victoriaallman.com.
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