When the lovely people at the Book Publishing Co. kindly offered to send me a copy of the new Sea Shepherd cookbook to review, I couldn’t refuse such a great cause.

Members of Sea Shepherd take to the world’s oceans to confront, disrupt, and halt the illegal slaughter of endangered marine wildlife. Sea Shepherd warriors risk their own safety to defend the graceful denizens of the sea: whales, seals, turtles, sharks and dolphins. Out of respect for these threatened creatures, and for all life, the galleys of Sea Shepherd vessels are totally vegan.

Laura Dakin is in charge of the galley on the ship, Steve Irwin, and responsible for feeding its crew of 50. Cookin’ Up a Storm is a collection of 80 of the crew’s favourite recipes. Laura humorously recounts the challenges of cooking in an actual storm and shares her secrets for serving up hearty, gratifying food that is not only a pleasure to eat but also satisfies the needs of a hard-working crew.

Interspersed throughout the book are riveting, true-life stories from crew members that offer a glimpse of the dangers they face while stalking whaling vessels on the high seas. Their heartfelt appreciation for the magnificent sea creatures they defend lays bare the deep level of courage and dedication these modern-day heroes possess.
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Cookin Up a Storm front

Cookin Up a Storm back


And heroes, they are indeed. I’m so in awe of their amazing and tireless work to protect our beautiful sea creatures.

Cookin’ Up A Storm: Sea Stories and Vegan Recipes from Sea Shepherd’s Anti-Whaling Campaigns‘ is a feast for the imagination. It’s brimming with stunning photos of the galley and other parts of the ship, of gorgeous marine life, and of the crew’s sea adventures.

It’s also filled with inspiring stories from other crew members (about icebergs, radars, action stations, and how they handle sea sickness), and even a Q&A with Captain Paul Watson.

And that’s before you even look at the food! I loved reading through the recipes – because who doesn’t wonder what vegan sailors eat when they’re at sea for weeks at a time?

I was thrilled to find recipes like Blueberry Muffins, Savoury Pancakes with Satay Sauce, Chickpea Curry, Edamame Salad, Nautical Naan Bread, and Chocolate Banana-Fudge Cake (yum!).

But I was most curious of all about the Red Lentil, Lemon and Rosemary Soup. I mean, the recipe looks too easy! Wouldn’t it taste like it was missing something? Maybe even just a single onion?

But hot damn, this soup was a delicious surprise. If I had to sum it up in one word, I’d say: Spring. Yep, Spring. The lemon and rosemary are so light and fragrant, it tastes like warm sunshine and fresh meadows.

It made me realise how much of a food rut I’ve been in lately and that I need to push the boat out more. And who knew I’d learn that from the Chefs of the High Seas?

Red Lentil, Lemon and Rosemary Soup

Vegan Sparkles + Sea Shepherd
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4


  • 3 cups 750ml dried red lentils, picked over, rinsed, and drained
  • 9 cups 2.25L water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons 22ml fresh rosemary leaves, or 1 1/2 teaspoons (7ml) dried
  • 1/4 cup 60ml olive oil
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Sea salt & cracked black pepper to taste


  • Put the lentils in a large soup pot and cover with the water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Decrease the heat to medium-low and stir in the rosemary. Partially cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are very soft (25-30 minutes).
  • Remove from the heat. Stir in the oil, zest and juice.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.


About the Author: Laura Dakin joined the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 2005 at the age of 21. She began her career in the kitchen as a dishwasher, but after just a month, Laura was thrown into the deep end and promoted to chief cook (affectionately called galley slave) out of necessity. She fell in love with vegan cooking and rose to the challenge of preparing three meals a day for 50 crew members. When she’s not sailing the high seas, Laura lives in Australia and is the head chef at a non-for-profit, pay-as-you-feel vegan restaurant in Newtown, New South Wales.

Whether you’re looking for new recipe inspiration, or are curious about life as a Sea Shepherd crew mate, this cookbook will become a treasured part of your collection.


4 Comments on Cookin’ Up a Storm with Sea Shepherd

  1. Little Vegan Bear
    September 21, 2015 at 7:27 pm (9 years ago)

    Yay, this book looks great, go Sea Shepherd! I love simple and hearty recipes like this.

    • Vegan Sparkles
      September 22, 2015 at 5:27 pm (9 years ago)

      So delicious, huh, Caeli! Perfect for a mid-week dinner (or lunch!). 🙂 x

  2. queenofbadtiming
    September 21, 2015 at 8:11 pm (9 years ago)

    I really love lentil dishes and this looks delicious! Will need to try it out sometime 🙂

    • Vegan Sparkles
      September 22, 2015 at 5:27 pm (9 years ago)

      Oh my goodness, if you love lentils, you will adore this one! Definitely jump on it. 🙂 x