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Mediterranean Summer: A Season on France's Cote d'Azur and Italy's Costa Bella
Mediterranean Summer A Season on France's Cote d'Azur and Italy's Costa Bella
Author: David Shalleck, Erol Munuz
“Saturday was dawning warm, with only a gentle wind under a light blue sky as we got under way. . . . With the motor cut out, I could hear the whispered splash of the sea against the hull as we knifed through the Mediterranean. The calming noise, along with the gentle rocking, lulled me into a Zen calm as I went about preparing the crew...  more »La Dolce Vita at sea. . .

An alluring, evocative summer voyage on the Mediterranean and into the enchanting seaside towns of France’s Cote d’Azur and Italy’s Costa Bella by a young American chef aboard an Italian billionaire couple’s spectacular yacht.

Having begun his cooking career in some of New York’s and San Francisco’s best restaurants, David Shalleck undertakes a European culinary adventure, a quest to discover what it really means to be a chef through a series of demanding internships in Provence and throughout Italy. After four years, as he debates whether it is finally time to return stateside and pursue something more permanent, he stumbles on a rare opportunity: to become the chef on board Serenity, the classic sailing yacht owned by one of Italy’s most prominent couples. They present Shalleck with the ultimate challenge: to prepare all the meals for them and their guests for the summer, with no repeats, comprised exclusively of local ingredients that reflect the flavors of each port, presented flawlessly to the couple’s uncompromising taste— all from the confines of the yacht’s galley while at sea.

Serenity’s five-month journey starts on the French Riviera, continues along Italy’s western coast to Amalfi, crosses the Tyrrhenian Sea to Sardinia, up to Corsica, and back to St. Tropez for the season-ending regatta. Shalleck captures the glittery Riviera social scene, the distinctive sights and sounds of the unique ports along the way, the work hard/play hard life of being a crew member, and the challenges of producing world-class cuisine for the stylish and demanding owners and their guests. An intimate view of the most exclusive of worlds, Mediterranean Summer offers readers a new perspective on breathtaking places, a memorable portrait of old world elegance and life at sea, as well recipes and tips to recreate the delectable food.
ISBN-13: 9780767920483
ISBN-10: 0767920481
Publication Date: 5/22/2007
Pages: 352
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Publisher: Broadway
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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reviewed Mediterranean Summer: A Season on France's Cote d'Azur and Italy's Costa Bella on + 530 more book reviews
The book will take the reader on the Serenity, a sailing yacht, along the Mediterranean coast for a 3-month stint. Chef David Shalleck first travels around Italy learning various culinary techniques; becomes very skilled as a chef, then undertakes a challenging culinary adventure for the Italian elite yacht owners of the Serenity, their entertainment schedule at each port of entry. The book is a delightful read, like taking a summer vacation. Many recipes follow at the end of the book.
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If you love Italian food, Italy, sailing, cooking and the Cote d' Azur and the Costa Bella you will enjoy this book. The first chapters are not about the sailing but if you get past that you will really enjoy the rest of the book.
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