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Old 16-08-2015, 17:58   #1
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Cookbook for the culinarily clueless

Help! given our cooking skills it is a true miracle we have survived to our mid 60's. But shortly we will be going cruising and then will be denied our regular infusions of properly prepared food, alas no more McD for us!

The Admiral shoots lightning bolts from her eyes when I suggest we should take cooking lessons. She can't understand why I object to her kitchen ministrations. (Think rice and beans...rice ... Plain and white and beans....Lima, Al denote, no sauce, not even butter, yum!)

So....I'm looking for a simple cookbook suitable for the live aboard sailor with limited stores. Nothing fancy, just nourishing. We do have a stove with oven, and a good reefer. Think short words and pictures.

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Old 16-08-2015, 19:10   #2
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Re: Cookbook for the culinarily clueless

One book I can remember the title of is "The Care & Feeding of the Offshore Sailor." That might help, it's pretty old, though.

More recently, a friend bought a cookbook that said its recipes used no more than 5 ingredients. It lied, as it used "herbs" for one of the five. Still, he taught himself to cook using it, while singlehanding and away from home.

Have you tried Googling something like "Cookbooks with Easy Recipes"? That might give you some ideas.

There's also the thread going here on CF--Something like" Vegans Make Good Lovers", and something about recipes.

If you are vegetarians, see what you can find under "Vegetarian Cookery".

Good luck with it.

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Old 17-08-2015, 05:25   #3
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Re: Cookbook for the culinarily clueless

Thanks Ann,

We are not vegetarians. But not heavy meat eaters either. We just don't do the whole steak thing. Too much meat.

I have been able to successfully can meats, but I can't say I'm wild about the resulting flavor or consistency.

I think our bigger problem is how to have stored and decent vegtables. I have OD'd on stewed tomatoes.
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Re: Cookbook for the culinarily clueless

I neglected to mention the "Vegans Make Great Lovers" thread also included foods for non-vegan people. Some of the recipes read as if they would taste good, and there are pictures. You might enjoy the thread, or mine it for ideas.

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Re: Cookbook for the culinarily clueless

I am writing that book now Be done in a few months. My computer took a salt water bath, so making slow progress.
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I am writing that book now Be done in a few months. My computer took a salt water bath, so making slow progress.
Let me know if you need to test some recipies to verify they are idjet proof!
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Re: Cookbook for the culinarily clueless

Get a really big freezer and before departing a port... have someone or local restaurant cook and freeze a variety of double serving entries.... to go with the rice and beans.

Why change your habits and skill sets, if you don't have the desire?
FYI....Big Macs don't freeze well....... Stick with Quarter pounders.
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Man after my own heart.

What about pizza? They are stackable! And I can add veggies, like pepper and onions. With pepperoni and cheese a veritable balanced meal.
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Now your cookin:thumbup:
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Try Alton Brown's cook books. They not only give a recipe with a lot of pictures, but also explain why you are doing something. It's like a cooking class in a book.
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