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Mar 1, 2008 02:40 PM

If you were a chef on a yacht in the mediterranean, what cookbook would you take?

A friend of mine just got a gig as a chef on a yacht in the mediteranian (i'll hate on him later :)) and he's got a delimma...while the yacht is bigger than my apartment, his space within it is limited to a bed and closet....he's a seasoned chef with 10 years of experience, but with limited space, his cookbook resources are finite and, since he'll often be at sea, online resources are sketchy as well. Do cd-rom cookbooks exist? If so, are there any great cookbooks that have put them out?
Finally, since he does have some space, what best all-purpose cookbooks would you recommend for him?

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  1. For whom will he be cooking? Will he need an emphasis, for instance, on French, Italian, or Spanish?

    There are very few cookbooks available on cd-rom and none I can think of that would be appropriate under the circumstances. If it were up to me, I'd bring the big yellow Gourmet cookbook. It has a tremendous selection of well-tested recipes from all cultures and all of the ones I've tried, perhaps two dozen so far, have been terrific.

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    1. re: JoanN

      The boat is owned by one family, though it is rented out -along with its crew- throughout the season. Ports of call will most likely be spain, france, italy and north africa...
      It's funny, I also recommend the gourmet cookbook, as its a really great all-purpose, well-tested book. It's a bummer about CD-Roms, as the more i thought of it, the more i realized how great it would be to have both digital copies and better organization via the notes only go so far...

      1. re: JoanN

        Maybe a Patricia Wells Cookbook but the computer is your biggest friend..
        What a great gig..

      2. a chef of ten years does not require a cookbook. a reference book, perhaps. "silver spoon" would be my recommendation. it's been out in english for a few years now.

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        1. re: steve h.

          "Cuisine Rapide" by Pierre Franey. It's old, but all the recipes work perfectly and are wonderfully simple classics. Plus, none of them are so complicated that you couldn't make them in a limited space.

          1. re: SSqwerty

            it's all good.
            deb and i have sailed lots of places. bottom line? catching fish and cooking up stuff on the stern in the ec was the best. very hard to describe. very easy to cook and eat.

          2. re: steve h.

            maybe not so much a cookbook, but an idea book (plus recipes for pastries ) is what he's looking for....i think even the best chefs would find it difficult to come up with new ideas when serving 3 meals a day for 6 months..

          3. "timing is everything"

            he doesn't need recipes, just a reference

            1. I personally wouldn't take a books. I rely on my computer more and more. A laptop is all I need. I would do a lot of pre-planning so I would have what I wanted installed and I would not be conting on an internet connection.

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              1. re: Docsknotinn

                Holy typos! Yikes. I'm not sure if I need more coffee or less.

                1. re: Docsknotinn

                  giggle. Didn't this site used to have spell check? My computer died last month, did they change something while I was gone?

              2. There was a great book that dealt with this stuff that came out a while ago--it may be out of print, but who knows--The Yachting Cookbook by Elizabeth Wheeler and Jennifer Trainer from Crown. Had tips on how to store food on board in addition to some really good recipes.