Seasoned A Chefs Journey with Her Captain:
Victoria’s recipe for marriage
Take two adventurous newlyweds, place them on a floundering yacht wrought with problems. Make the husband the captain and boss of his wife the chef. Add two inexperienced crew members, an anorexic diva and her bully of a husband, a CEO who thinks he’s in charge, a randy wife who is bored of her own marriage and looking for a diversion and a drunken first mate. Stir it up with a violent storm and rapidly flooding engine room. Apply pressure and watch the situation simmer to a boil.
Sprinkled with over 30-mouthwatering recipes and spiced with tales of adventure, SEAsoned is the hilarious look at a yacht chef’s first year working for her husband while they cruise from the Bahamas to Italy, France, Greece and Spain; trying to stay afloat.
I want to be on a luxury yacht with chef Victoria Allman and her captain-husband Patrick. I promise to behave better than most of their charter guests as long as I can sample some of Allman's pan-seared grouper with Thai curry sauce or monkfish with caponata or warm lobster potato salad. And heck, if she cooks me some of her coconut bread I'll even swab the decks. SEAsoned has it all—high-seas adventure, an ever-changing cast of memorable (if sometimes insufferable) characters and the absolute best meals on the water imaginable. From the Bahamas and the Amalfi Coast to the Greek Islands and Barcelona, Victoria Allman proves herself to be a chef with good humor and world-class skills.
Bob Morris, author of the Zach Chasteen series of Caribbean Mysteries.
Think "Fawlty Towers" at Sea.
The Key West Citizen
In the rarified world of mega yachts, one doesn’t expect the delightful, intimate voice of this seasoned chef and genuine storyteller as she charms her readers on this gastronomic odyssey from the lobstermen of the Bahamas to the markets of the Med. I would buy Allman’s latest memoir, SEAsoned, for the extraordinary recipes alone, but it is her affectionate and often hilarious tales about her captain/husband, their guests and crew that make this delicious book one I will remember.
Christine Kling, Author of the Seychelle Sullivan Mysteries
A lively, intimate and colorful behind-the-scenes romp aboard luxury yachts. An odyssey worthy of Homer.
SEAsoned has everything: ocean-going adventure, fantastic food, even a touch of sweet romance. And, oh yeah, did I mention she dishes on obnoxious, entitled, rich people in one of the book's funniest chapters? This book should be on your shelf next to those by titans of the food memoir genre like Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain. Allman is that good.
Deborah Sharp, author of the Mace Bauer Mysteries
A fun blend of memoir, cookbook, and the joy go sailing.
Midwest Book Review
My only warning is not to read this book on an empty stomach.
Story Circle Book Reviews
At turns intimate, earnest, self-effacing and entertainment.