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Kalmar Nyckel chef writes book, complete with favorite crew recipes

There’s a new book out from the chef on Delaware’s tall ship - the Kalmar Nyckel.




Chef Greg Brown admits that may surprise many, who are unaware the ship even has a chef.

“I became the chef kind of by default," said Chef Greg Brown. "There was one summer when the cook quit suddenly and the captain - with a degree of panic - surveyed the crew and said who would be willing to take on the chore. So I was onboard as a shipmate and I raised my hand timidly.”

Brown’s book, “The Underwater Cafe,” details life aboard a 17th century ship in today’s modern world. He says he kept logs, like a ship’s captain does, and turned those into a fun read, sprinkling in those crew favorite recipes.


"There are about 75 of the crew’s favorite recipes intermingled between 50 or so logs,” Brown said.

A book launch party is set for Wednesday, June 2 at 5 p.m. at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard in Wilmington.

Also, Brown holds book signings when the Kalmar Nyckel visits Old New Castle on Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6.  Those signings begin at 1 p.m. 

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