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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. 

Delaware Public Media' s arts coverage is made possible, in part, by support from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.