The Sea Lover's Cookbook

Recipes for Memorable Meals on or near the Water

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Pub Date 09 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 08 Apr 2024

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A gorgeous homage to coastal food and living filled with delicious recipes and dreamy photography of beaches, boats, and the sea.

For ocean lovers and seafarers, this photo-rich cookbook features 65 vegetable-forward and pescatarian recipes to satisfy hungry sailors and surfers or to savor after a day of beachy languor. From the Captain’s Breakfast Sandwich to Vegetable Ceviche with Coco Leche de Tigre, Lemon and Herb Pasta with Shrimp, and Orange Cardamom Almond Cake, these recipes are easy enough to make in a galley kitchen on a sailboat or in a beach bungalow with limited equipment, and they all encourage seasonal, sustainable cooking. Eco-friendly travel and boating tips, plus vivid stories from the author’s far-flung nautical adventures, make this more than just a cookbook. Rife with stunning photography of coastlines, boat life, and briny-fresh dishes, The Sea Lover’s Cookbook is a treasure trove of tempting recipes, a love letter to the ocean, and a dreamy showpiece for any beach house kitchen.

A gorgeous homage to coastal food and living filled with delicious recipes and dreamy photography of beaches, boats, and the sea.

For ocean lovers and seafarers, this photo-rich cookbook features 65...

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The images that were placed and used in the cookbook were grat but I found the recipes in the cookbook a little uninspiring. I was not tempted to go try out the recipes as I would with other cookbooks.

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The images are gorgeous and the recipes are very approachable. However, I found a majority to be very lackluster. Overall, lovely cookbook but can easily get lost in the “sea” of all the others.

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What an excellent cookbook!
The photography is some of the best I've seen in a cookbook.
Each page is so well set up, I would love to have it sitting on my coffee table to flip through whenever I want.

The author mentions about a 3rd of the way through the book that she and her husband are mostly vegetarian.
It wasn't till that moment that I realized there wasn't any meat in any of the previous recipes.
As a self describing carnivore, I was shocked that I hadn't even noticed!
That goes to show how incredibly interesting, unique, and delicious the recipes look.
No meat and I didn't even notice!

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The pure simplicity of the recipes is the reason I enjoyed this cookbook and will be making it a staple in the kitchen. Nice small and clean recipes that are easy on the go and very quick to make.

We live in a beach city so reading through this book, I saw a lot recipes I could stuff in a picnic basket for the beach. Highly recommend.

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The Sea Lover's Cookbook by Sidney Bensimon is a culinary delight. The recipes are easy to follow and sound delicious .
This cookbook made me want to go sailing

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I should've read the description more closely before requesting this title.

From the title and cover, I expected more seafood-forward recipes that showcase the flavors of the ocean. This book specializes on mostly vegetarian recipes (with a smattering of seafood recipes) and features clean, healthy, eco-friendly ingredients that don't require complex preparations or advanced cooking techniques. The author worked and cooked on boats around the world for many years, so she infuses her recipes with her personal anecdotes and rich photography, which beautifully illustrate her affection for the sea.

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This is an absolutely gorgeous book and the recipes I've tried are delicious, though very involved. These are NOT boat-friendly recipes, but they'd be great for cooking in a beach rental with a well-equipped kitchen located near an upscale supermarket. The "Pirate Talk" page is 🙄 but, again, the photos and page art are fantastic. This would be a great gift for non-boaters who enjoy beach vibes.

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Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of The Sea Lover's Cookbook.

I love seafood so I was thrilled to read this!

I'm not a fan of boats so any seafaring tales and jargon and tips about boating went right over my head.

Sadly, this cookbook was disappointing because most of the recipes were easy and kind of silly to include.

Pickled onions, avocado toast, chia pudding?

I can find these recipes in cookbooks written by famous chefs!

Why would I choose this book for such simplistic recipes?

A few of the dessert recipes look interesting and I might give those a try.

There are decent photographs of the recipes but I felt the photos of the coastlines and the ocean were beginning to out number the photos of the dishes.

The author does mention in the beginning of the cookbook that she's no chef.

From these basic recipes, thanks, any one could figure that out on their own.

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I was looking forward to this cookbook for several reasons - one, I love the sea and the ocean and rivers and lakes, and am always looking for great recipes that celebrate and elevate that feeling of being on the water. And two, while I don't have a boat I do have a place on a river and a camper that I often take to the shore. Cooking on a boat and a camper have a lot of similarities with space so I was looking forward to learning some new tips and tricks of the trade.

That being said, this book was not what i was expecting on either count. For my first hope, to find recipes that made me feel like I was on the water, there are very few fish/seafood recipes. It is not until the last section, Hearty Meals to Share, almost 3/4 of the way through the book do we get any recipes with seafood. There are only 8 of them, and 2 are for canned or jarred fish like tuna and sardines, so that was disappointing. And for my second point, the ingredients for these recipes are not simple - there was a burrito recipe that had over 20 ingredients! They are certainly not for people cooking in small places with limited space for storing ingredients. And some require quite a bit of time - certainly not what you want to do if you have the option of being out on the water instead!

Taking those things out, the recipes are very global and a lot draw from Asian roots like Thailand and Cambodia. That is interesting, but requires some not always easy to find ingredients. Not being someone who has travelled the world on a boat, Gingery Greens with Coconut Milk and Tofu don't make me think of the sea.

I guess I would say if you are looking for a global cookbook with an Asian flair and mostly vegetarian recipes, give this a try. If you were hoping for a more simple and clean seafood focus, it's not the book for you.

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This cookbook is one that will take readers away to a vacation feeling. The photos are beautiful and will have readers/chefs dreaming of summer.

The author has organized the recipes by the following: Mornings by the Water, Light Meals on Deck, Sundown Hour, Hearty Meals to Share and, Sweet Finishes. Before going to the recipes, it will be helpful to read the beginning sections which include an introduction, information on stocking a pantry and a piece on farmer’s markets.

The recipes…breakfast…how about cornmeal pancakes or crispy pasta with fried eggs? For later in the day the maple glazed carrots look delicious. I also would like to eat eh fresh Vietnamese-Style spring rolls or the salty banana Nutella toasts, among many other good chices..

Do as the author suggests if you are lucky enough to be going on vacation. Take this cookbook with you. The recipes are clear and doable.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for this title. All opinions are my own.

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NetGalley allowed me an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Sea Lover's Cookbook: Recipes for Memorable Meals on or near the Water by Sidney Bensimon is an interesting and quite beautiful book.I found several recipes that I want to try. The recipes are easy to read and follow. I wish there had been more fish and/or seafood recipes in the book. The photos throughout are beautiful.

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