I’ve had a couple of readers ask for recommendations for some good cookbooks for Barnes & Noble’s Nook. Six of my favorites are available . . . and The Boat Galley Cookbook will be available for the Nook when it is published in October, 2012 (you can pre-order print copies but not electronic editions).
Many of my favorites aren’t yet on the Nook, so I’m hoping that readers will add favorites in the comments at the end of this article to build a more comprehensive list . . . no, I haven’t reviewed every cookbook out there!
We found that we grilled far more aboard than we had when living ashore. In hot weather, it kept heat out of the boat and we just loved sitting in the cockpit, fixing dinner and watching the scenery and wildlife.
But since we hadn’t grilled all that much ashore, we frequently didn’t know what we were doing and had to learn by trial and error.
I wish I’d had this book then. It redefines “basic grilling book” by teaching you how to grill everything imaginable and with a variety of techniques. With 150 recipes and nearly 1,000 photos this book will make you an expert!
I love baking bread, but trying to knead it on a boat can be messy. The whole trend of no-knead breads started several years ago with a recipe in The New York Times. All I can say is WOW!
Great taste, great texture, simple and no mess. Anyone who likes homemade bread should try this method. And this cookbook makes it even simpler, with easy-to-follow directions and lots of variations.
And if you’re like me, you just might be able to trade a half loaf of homemade bread for a couple of lobster!
The Best Recipes in the World is a pretty ambitious title for a cookbook. Nonetheless, the recipes are great, generally simple and made with ingredients that can actually be found.
This is a collection of recipes from around the world, but isn’t arranged by country or region but by course. And while the author has kept the authentic tastes of the various cuisines, he has simplified the cooking techniques to ones we are all familiar with (no cooking over a wood fire, for example). None of the recipes are made more complicated than they need to be, a fact that I really appreciate when cooking in a galley.
Not only is this a great cookbook wherever you may be, but if you’re cruising outside the US, the 1,000+ recipes will teach you a lot about the food of areas you may be visiting. And, once you’ve left an area, they’ll help you re-create tastes you may be missing.
I particularly like the fact that most of the recipes are “from scratch” — that is, they start from basic ingredients that you’d reasonably either have aboard or could find in local stores (although the ingredients for some are likely to be available only in large cities or the countries where that recipe is popular), rather than using prepared foods.
I love salads, and Simply Salads is a great salad cookbook. There are over 100 salad recipes, all with homemade dressings — perfect for a boat where it can be hard to store a selection of dressings. Not only do I not want to give up much of my limited refrigerator space, but often there are none available in remote locations.
The reality is, though, that I also really like to make my own dressings. And the collection here will provide lots of alternatives. While Chandler likes to base her salads on pre-packaged bags of various types of greens, this isn’t always practical on a boat. Still, it’s easy to substitute the fresh greens you do have access to for the ones suggested in the recipes. She also has several cabbage-based salads for those times when you just don’t have — or can’t store — fresh greens.
While the “full salad” recipes have great ideas of things to put together, the dressings alone are well worth the price of the book.
On a chilly day — or in the middle of the night on an overnight passage — nothing beats a bowl of hot soup. Soup Makes the Meal will give you plenty of great soups to enjoy!
The ingredients are easy to find in most cruising locales and the soups tasty and generally simple to prepare — and thus possible to make on a boat. The bread and salad recipes are also good — tasty and different, without being weird.
No matter where you are — yes, even in the tropics — there are days that just call for soup. The 150 recipes in this book will give you lots of options!
Whether you’re cruising in Mexican waters or just love Mexican food, Mod Mex will help you create great Mexican dishes, well beyond the “standard” tacos, burritos and enchiladas to the true Mexican food that you get once you’re away from the tourist spots.
Admittedly, he sometimes assumes you have cooking tools that aren’t likely to make their way on board a cruising boat, but it’s pretty easy to figure out alternate methods for achieving the same results. For example, his salsa recipe calls for using a blender, but it’s not hard to figure out that you can finely chop the ingredients.
The flavors and ingredients are all authentic and delicious. But a word of warning — they’re spicy! You may want to start with half the quantity of chiles called for in any given recipe, then add more to taste.
Anybody know of a good “general reference” cookbook for the Nook? Or a good basic fish or seafood one?