Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Brookhaven and the surrounding area woke up early Saturday morning to find huge flakes of snow falling. The morning started out white and frosty, but by noon the snow had already become muddy slush and by Sunday morning it was mostly gone. But once in a decade south Mississippi gets snow and that's about as often as we need it!
It was ironic that the book I brought home for week-end reading was Mediterranean Summer: A Season on France's Cote d'Azur and Italy's Costa Bella by David Shalleck. While the snow was a wonderful diversion, this book was a great antidote to the dreary winter doldrums.
Shalleck felt his career as a chef in the United States was floundering. He went to Europe to broaden his exposure to great cooking. He spent many years working in some of the best restaurants in the world. This book focuses on the time he spent as ship's cook on an Italian Billionaire's sailing yacht, the Serenity.
Serenity was one of three yachts, two jets, one helicopter and nine homes of the owners. It spent the summer sailing around the beautiful Mediterranean coasts of France and Italy. The story describes the dramatic landscapes, exciting parties and beautiful people that make up summer on the Costa Bella. The book also describes how the servants live, providing an interesting contrast. The book also includes recipes for many of the dishes so lovingly prepared and eaten on the yacht.
Mediterranean Summer is a wonderful armchair travel book, perfect for a rainy winter evening. 641.5092/S

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