With help from fishers and chefs, artists and photographers, Lynda Sloan has created a seafood cookbook that is a feast for both eyes and palate. And it’s good for the planet too.
Lynda’s love for great food goes back a long way. Born in New Zealand, she came to Australia aged 14 and started working in the family business. “My family had motels and restaurants, and my first job was in the kitchen, doing dishes and prepping for the chefs,” she says. “That’s where I really learned about food and from there, my love of food simply kept growing.”
She was living in Victoria, cooking at a local restaurant and was open to a change of scenery when fate intervened. She went north on a field trip, came to Port Stephens and was blown away.
“It reminded me of my home town with its sand dunes and great surf beaches, a little bigger in size but the feel was the same. Heading out of Nelson Bay, I looked up and saw my new home. I put in an offer and by the time I got home it had been accepted.”
Just a few months later and Lynda was working at Nelson Bay Fish Market, answering questions like “what’s fresh, what’s local? or how do I cook this fish?” a dozen times a day.
“I often say I should put it all on a recording and just hit play,” she laughs.
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