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
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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.