Cookbooks for Nook

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!

How to GrillCover of How to Grill Cookbook

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!

Cover of Kneadlessly Simple bread cookbookKneadlessly Simple: Fabulous, Fuss-Free, No-Knead Breads

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

The Best Recipes in the WorldCover of 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.

Simply SaladsCover of Simply Salads

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.

Cover of Soup Makes the MealSoup Makes the Meal: 150 Soul-Satisfying Recipes for Soups, Salads, and Breads

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!

Mod MexImage for Mod Mex

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?

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  • Julie Sandler Lambert on Facebook
    Posted at 11 July 2012 Reply

    One of my favorite “cookbooks” is The Flavor Bible. It isn’t a traditional cookbook, but a guide to almost any food, herb, wine, cheese etc. that you can think of and what flavors & foods they pair with. It you enjoy making up your own recipes, or find ingredients that you are unfamiliar with, this is a great book to have aboard. And it’s available for the Nook and Kindle.

  • Mary E Dixon on Facebook
    Posted at 11 July 2012 Reply

    I like this one. It’s only $.99, but you can get a free sample of the cookbook.

  • Sue Klumb
    Posted at 11 July 2012 Reply

    Oh I love it that your new cookbook will come out as a nook book also! BN has a variety of good cookbooks, some even for free (e.g. “A cookbook by Ted”, “Famous Coffee House Recipes”). For old traditional recipes I usually go to Project Gutenberg ( on the internet, where you will find thousands of free e-books that are no longer copyright protected…I downloaded the “Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking” cookbook, a real treat for the lovers of basic food recipes (we live on a sailboat and like simple recipes that require little use of electrical gadgets)…that’s why I am looking forward to your and Jan’s Boat Galley Cookbook 🙂

  • Vivienne
    Posted at 28 August 2015 Reply

    Hi Carolyn

    What do you recommend for boat BBQ equipment; what do you use?



    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 28 August 2015 Reply

      Dave and I are not big grillers, but my cookbook co-author and her husband are. They use their Magma Newport 4 or 5 nights a week and are very happy with it (we have an older Magma round — original size — and it is fine for the 2 times a month we grill). A while back, I asked for reader recommendations and put together this article, which includes a couple of other good choices:

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