Author and circumnavigator Lin Pardey has a new edition of The Care & Feeding of Sailing Crew out. Lin’s contributed several articles here on The Boat Galley, and frankly, several of her books were instrumental in Dave’s and my believing that we really could go cruising.
Now in it’s fourth edition — which alone tells you that it’s a useful book, with about 15% new material from the third edition — Care & Feeding isn’t really a cookbook, although it does contain some recipes. Instead, it’s more of a way of thinking about and tips regarding food and health issues while cruising. Lin’s guest post on Recognizing and Avoiding Salt Deficiencies is a tiny excerpt from the book and a great example of her style and focus on real issues affecting cruisers.
Each of the 52 chapters discusses one day of a voyage. I’m going to quote the Amazon review as it describes the book more concisely than I ever could (believe me, I tried):
Each chapter presents a logged day of a sailing cruise, noting weather and sailing conditions, and covers items which are appropriate to that particular stage of an extended cruise. The concepts are emphasized with enjoyable anecdotes which illustrate the importance of preparation and adaptability. Topics include nearly everything imaginable, ranging from menu planning and food purchase and storage, through cooking methods and preservation techniques, to fishing and keeping the crew well-clothed.
Lin has circumnavigated twice and has over 200,000 sea miles under her belt. Take advantage of her extensive knowledge of what issues may arise, ways to deal with them and tips to make voyaging less intimidating.