Capturing life at sea through engaging photographs, compelling stories, and authentic fisherman's recipes, this characterful volume is a one-of-a-kind companion for all sea lovers with a sense of adventure and appetite.
Whether in the shimmering sunshine of the Adriatic Coast or up against a two-and-a-half-meter swell in Brittany, Captain's Dinner is a maritime journey of discovery through the world of fishing. What does it mean to be dependent on the vagaries of nature on a daily basis? What is it like to haul in fishing nets in rain and galeforce 8 wind? How do freshly caught breams, herring, etc. actually end up on deck by lunch break and on the plate by night? In search of answers, photographer Paul Pflüger braved the wind and weather to accompany 27 fishermen at work on European seas, observing their daily routine over several months. The result is a lively, intimate, and unadulterated logbook of fishing and life at sea, combining captivating portraits of the protagonists alongside their own commentaries on the delicate craft and hard labor that make up a fisherman's existence today, not least when faced with critically-diminished fish stocks and attendant fishing quotas. The featured fishermen also share their own favorite, previously-unpublished seafood dishes, from fried onion herb herring to Irish surf & turf or cold smoked mullet. With more than 50 of these delicious, simple seafood recipes, Captain's Dinner is a must for all those who love and care about the sea and its unique flavors.
In this beautifully illustrated gift book featuring insightful profiles of 36 familiar plants and herbs, herbalist Maia Toll shows how to tap into each plant's character and symbolic meaning for spiritual guidance and self-reflection. In addition to medicinal remedies, plants can provide a kind of spiritual healing. By learning the language and wisdom of plants, we can interact with the natural world in a way that is intuitive and meaningful and offers a chance to re-envision life from a fresh perspective. For the 36 plants in The Illustrated Herbiary, Maia Toll describes their character, shares their wisdom, offers prompts for reflection, and suggests ways to interact with and appreciate the plant. Toll's text is accompanied by the bold, intricate illustrations of Kate O'Hara - making this the perfect gift book for any lover of the natural world. To help guide readers' reflections, a set of 36 cards reproducing the illustrations are included in an envelope in the back of the book. AUTHOR: Maia Toll offers herbalism classes on her website, Sage School, and is the founder and owner of Herbiary, a natural products store with locations in Asheville, North Carolina and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Toll has taught Botanical Medicine at West Chester University and at the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research in the Peruvian jungle. She lectures at hospitals, universities, and herbal conferences, and runs her own Witch Camp Retreat. She blogs to an international following at maiatoll.com.