Voyager’s Handbook, by Beth A. Leonard This book covers
more than just galley information; but with regards to your galley and
provisioning it has a number of useful sections, including space
management, bug management, provisioning (including what you most likely
will and will not find outer island), and storage (such as how to
make things last longer). We particularly like the various tables
detailing what (in exact quantities) they provisioned their boat with
and what was available around the world. If you’re just heading
out and have no idea how much flour to carry, this is a great place to
start … of course you’ll want to modify to your own tastes and needs.
of Cooking, or Other All purpose Cookbook Typically this
will be a large cookbook, but it is worth making room for. Make
sure it contains conversion charts, equivalents, and substitutions.
Cookbook(s) We started out with the Joy of Cooking on
CD-ROM, but at that time it had a number of bugs and didn’t always run
correctly, so we switched over to
SierraMasterCook 6.0 Deluxe Collection with Betty Crocker … which we love.
This one CD contains about 20 of the Betty Crocker cookbooks.
Being on CD-ROM allows for advanced ingredient searching and the ability
to edit and/or add recipes and cook books. The downfall is that
you have to get out / boot the computer, but you can’t beat the various
searching options and the quantity of recipes (not to mention tips).
Sierra MasterCook also offers other cookbook series, such as a
Cooking Light Set. It's magic for when you get a random collection of ingredients
and have no idea what to do with them.
Cruising Cookbooks The advantage of most cruising cookbooks is that they
stick to simpler methods and simpler ingredients. Typically they
also have preservation and storage ideas.
Cruising Cuisine, by Kay Pastorius.
Many of the recipes in this book are really simple and provide an easy
way to do things. In the front section she lists a number of
websites and some phone numbers for various provisioning items (such as
powdered eggs and a variety of dehydrated foods). The downside of
this cookbook is that many of the recipes use ingredients only found in
major ports (we’ve had quite a bit of luck with substitutions though).
Another good book is The Essential Galley Companion,
by Amanda Swan-Neal. Again the recipes are simple, and in
this book, most of the ingredients are too. Our only complaint
with this book is with its organization and sometimes generalities;
you need to be able to read between the lines a bit. The front
sections of the book provide great tid-bits for provisioning and
There is also a set of
K.I.S.S. Cruising Cookbooks
out there by a female cruiser. We don’t own this set, but have
borrowed our friend’s on more than one occasion. I
particularly like the home ‘batter’ sections where you can make
Baking, Brownie, Pancake, etc mixes (especially handy after you
leave the states and can no longer find those easy baking mixes).
Cooker Cookbook If you plan on using a pressure cooker and
are new to it, or aren’t familiar with how to convert a ‘normal’ recipe
to a pressure cooker recipe, than a simple pressure cooker cookbook will
be quite useful. You can go with a small one, what you really need
is cooking times and conversion techniques rather than full blown
Cookbooks Such as a Fish cookbook and/or something specific to
the area you will be traveling. Two books we really enjoy are;
Fish and Shellfish A to Z,
by Sunset (which includes fish identification, buying, and cleaning
guides), and Taste of the Pacific
by Susan Parkinson, Peggy Stacy, and Adrian Mattinson (which includes a
section on tropical fruit identification and typical preparation).
Also if you have a favorite ethnic food (such as Italian, Thai, Chinese,
etc), you might want to consider a specific cookbook in that area … but
be careful and make sure it is SIMPLE and doesn’t call for many exotic
ingredients, which you won’t be able to find once you leave home.
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