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

by David Shalleck, Erol Munuz (With)
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Mediterranean Summer: A Season on France's Cote d'Azur and Italy's Costa Bella by David Shalleck

An alluring, evocative summer voyage on the Mediterranean and into the enchanting seaside towns of France and Italy by a young American chef aboard an Italian billionaire couple’s spectacular sailing 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 upon 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 small galley while at sea.
 
Shalleck invites readers to experience both place and food on Serenity’s five-month journey. He prepares the simple classics of Provençal cooking in the French Riviera, forages for delicate frutti di mare in Liguria to make crudo, finds the freshest fish along the Tuscan coast for cacciucco, embraces the season of sun-drenched tomatoes for acqua pazza in the Amalfi Coast, and crosses the Bay of Naples to serve decadent dark chocolate-almond cake at the Isle of Capri. Shalleck captures the distinctive sights, sounds, and unique character of each port, 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 re-create the delectable food.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780767920490
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 06/10/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 565,389
Product dimensions: 7.98(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

DAVID SHALLECK has cooked in restaurants in New York, San Francisco, the Napa Valley, London, in Provence, and in many of Italy’s famous regions. He has worked for over two decades in the food business as a chef and television culinary producer alongside some of America’s most celebrated chefs. He is the founder of VOLOCHEF™ Culinary Solutions and lives in San Francisco.

EROL MUNUZ is a Massachusetts-based communications strategist and writer.

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Mediterranean Summer: A Season on France's Cote d'Azur and Italy's Costa Bella 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
wethoughtuwasatoad More than 1 year ago
Like being on a boat and being the smartest guy in the room at the same time. An interesting glimpse into the lives of the mega rich in their summer playground.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading this for the second time. It really takes you away with the story and scenery. It is like taking a vacation to the Mediterranean. In addition the food and recipes sound amazing!
NHmn More than 1 year ago
This book is for those who enjoy travel books about the French and Italian Rivieras and for those who like to cook. There are several recipes in the book, I enjoyed it because I have traveled in some of the places in this area and I liked them. The chef in the book faced several challenges.
llamamia More than 1 year ago
A wonderful memoir, travel & cook book rolled into one. Having traveled in the area, enjoyed some sailing & since I love to cook, I was hooked from the start. It was enlightening to read about the challenges David faced from the planning of menus & shopping for provisions to locating places aboard to store everything before even beginning the cooking process in a small space on a moving yacht. Yikes! Then to have to please, not only the owners & their guests, who didn't always agree, but the crew as well, while dealing with multiple tastes & personalities. Shalleck also interspersed his journey with some interesting history of the area as well as subtle humor. This book has just the right ingredients to make for fascinating reading. Question: an earlier reviewer, Bailey66, raved about the book but only gave it one star. Shouldn't that be corrected?
Baileyb66 More than 1 year ago
I have read and re-read this book many times, and frequently give it as a present for my traveling friends. The author's description of his time as a personal cook on the yacht of a mega-rich couple is so good you can almost feel the vessel rocking back and fort in the harbor, taste the juicy tomatoes he cuts in the tiny kitchen, and feel the sea breeze on your face as you come out from under onto the deck. I simply loved it. The emphasis here is not on being a travel guide, although the stories about trips on shore to forage and find local delicacies to serve onboard are wonderful, the book is best at giving a peek into the life of a personal chef and life on board. Highly recommend.
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I expected to read more about travel throughout the Mediterranean; more details about the various areas. The book seemed to emphasize the writer's problems satisfying his "anonymous employers" vs outlining his travels. Perhaps my expectations were incorrect, but this book did not leave a positive impression for me.