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SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain    by Victoria Allman order for
by Victoria Allman
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Norlights Press, 2010 (2010)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Victoria Allman's SEAsoned reads very much like a fictionalized sea saga. Keep in mind, as you are laughing at the stories that Allman relays to her readers, this fun book is non-fiction. That means it's real! Also keep in mind that she is a respected travel writer, albeit one who is not only a seafaring chef but the captain's newlywed true love.

That, of course, makes him her boss! Not something to take lightly when everything seems to be going wrong at the wrong time.

The two adventurers take on the commission of a yacht that hires out to carry passengers. Not only do these passengers need to be catered to for every whim, but they must also be fed what they want when they want. No matter the hour. No matter the menu. How did captain and chef manage to hold their tempers not only with the crazy requests but also with each other?

Small quarters 24/7! Life can be hard at times. But also wonderful when viewing the moonlit ocean or a magnificent tropical sunset. Or just letting the feelings the couple had for each other take precedence over the problems.

Along with Victoria Allman, readers travel to the Bahamas, Italy, France, Greece and Spain. The food sounds mouthwatering. The guests on board the yacht sound mostly uncaring (except for their own comforts), but do provide some very laughable stories. The wee dog on their first trip would have done it for me.

What could go wrong, did so. What could go right also did so. I enjoyed Allman's take on these people and their disregard for others, and appreciated her frame of mind as she delights us with her stories and recipes.

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