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Saturday, November 4, 2017

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Diana Rubino and her Cookbook!

Good Morning Friends,

You may recognize today's guest. Diana Rubino has visited before with an EggCerpt Exchange and Tuesday Treasures. You may also recognize her book from one of her previous visits. The good news is, Around the World in 80 Meals has been picked up and re-issued by a new publisher! Here's Diana to tell you the story....

I went on my first cruise at age 40, which many people used to consider young for cruising. Not so much any more. Cruises come in many varieties, to fit budgets, tastes, and age groups. After that first cruise of the Eastern Mediterranean, “Cradles of Civilization” on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Dream, my husband and I were hooked.

If you ask fifty people what they consider the best thing about a cruise, you’ll get at least fifty answers…unpacking only once in the cabin of your floating hotel, waking up in a new exotic port each day, the leisure, the pampering, the shows, the shore excursions…and of course the cuisine.

Cruise lines employ top-notch chefs who create exotic gourmet meals, from fresh ingredients, catering to every palate and need: vegan, diabetic, low sodium, gluten free…and the sky’s the limit if you want to indulge to your heart’s desire and gain that average two-pounds-a-day on your cruise. But why should anyone only be able to indulge in these delectable delights if cruising the seas? Those of us who love to cook and enjoy gourmet cuisine should be able to create meals from cruises of the past in our own kitchens.

I searched for seven menus of a diversity of cruise lines, from the luxurious Cunard Line, famed for its opulent ocean liners, to a small but highly exclusive line of yachts that offer the most personalized cruise experience. I found recipes for each item on the seven menus, from appetizers to entrées to desserts, cocktails and pre-dinner aperitifs. I devoted a chapter to each day of the ‘fantasy cruise’ introducing each ship and explaining where it is located, with information about each cruise line and its chefs. The main focus is on the dinner menu followed by recipes for recreating every delectable morsel. The result is AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 MEALS, THE BEST OF CRUISE SHIP CUISINE.

Wanting to appeal to the casual cruise passenger as well as gourmet cooks, I included a chapter about the history of cruising, and wrapped it up with extras, helpful hints, and cruise contact info. I’ve tried many of the recipes and am happy to say they turned out very well. AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 MEALS is available from Amazon.

Diana Rubino's passion for history and travel has taken her to every locale of her stories, set in Medieval and Renaissance England, Egypt, the Mediterranean, colonial Virginia, New England, and New York. Her urban fantasy romance, FAKIN' IT, won a Top Pick award from Romantic Times.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Richard III Society and the Aaron Burr Association. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband Chris. In her spare time, Diana bicycles, golfs, plays her piano, cooks, and devours books of any genre. Visit Diana at www.dianarubino.com, https://www.facebook.com/DianaRubinoAuthor www.DianaRubinoAuthor.blogspot.com, and on Twitter @DianaLRubino.

Hope you enjoyed today's guest and that you'll drop by each week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight!

Until next time, take care and God Bless.


Leah St. James said...

The food on cruises is soooo good. Great idea for a book, Diana!

marilyn leach said...

What a fun title, Diana. I've gathered recipe books from several different counties in England. It's so much fun, recipes I've tried are yummy. And, I got a recipe book while there that has recipes used in Jane Austen's home. The Sunday Scones are delish. Your book sounds like a fantastic Christmas gift. Cheers

Diane Burton said...

The food on cruises is wonderful. So delicious...and fattening. LOL This is a great idea for a book, Diana. Off to check it out, even though I don't cook much anymore.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Glad the book was picked up by a new publisher, Diana. It's fun to browse through, though I haven't gotten organized enough yet to actually try any of the recipes.