I WAS BORN INTO the hotel industry and later in life ran my own restaurant in northern Italy, on the shores of Lago Maggiore.
Good food is something of a passion, and sharing a wonderful dish around a table with family and friends is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
Diving is likewise a passion we all have in common and, as such, being able to share one’s own personal adventures with divers and non-divers alike, sitting around a dining table with good food, is special.
So Dining with Divers immediately captured my attention. At last, someone has had the brilliant idea of writing about diving and cooking to capture both my passions in one book. Genius.
The book is a substantial affair combining diving tales from across the world, and a collection of the contributors’ favourite recipes. The tales are from a cross-section of the diving community ranging from explorers to scientists and entrepreneurs to journalists.
As expected, the stories are marvellous and diverse, making for a fascinating read. I found myself skipping through the pages, enthralled by the accounts.
But what about the food? I initially thought the book would contain international recipes originating from the four corners of the world but, instead, it’s a collection of personal favourites.