Mariner's Menu

30 Years of Fresh Seafood Ideas

By Joyce Taylor

Edited by Sarah Friday Peters; Photographs by Scott D. Taylor; Illustrations by Connie Mason

Mariner's Menu

316 pp., 7.375 x 9, 12 color and 20 b&w photos, 50 illus., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-8359-1
    Published: March 2024

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Distributed for North Carolina Sea Grant

Since 1973, representatives from home extension clubs in Carteret County, North Carolina, have met each month in a Morehead City kitchen to test new ways of handling, storing, and preparing fish and shellfish caught off the North Carolina coast. Their thirty years of seafood wisdom are now gathered in this comprehensive cookbook and guide for cooks who want to know more than just how to bake or fry fish.

Mariner's Menu contains more than 160 original seafood recipes developed by the dedicated testers and tasters of the Seafood Lab kitchen. Many of these recipes, such as broiled tuna Provencal and steamed clams in wine broth, use easily available ingredients and require little preparation. Separate chapters instruct cooks on broiling, grilling, frying, and steaming. Important preparation techniques such as deboning fish, deveining shrimp, and cracking crab are illustrated in detailed drawings by Morehead City artist Connie Mason. Photographs by Scott D. Taylor of Beaufort reflect seafood's vital role in coastal communities.

Packed with images, safety tips, helpful hints, and mouth-watering recipes, Mariner's Menu is more than a cookbook. It's a complete resource for handling, storing, preparing, cooking, and enjoying fresh seafood.

About the Author

Joyce Taylor is author of No-Salt Seafood and has been known as North Carolina's premiere seafood specialist since joining North Carolina Sea Grant in the mid-1970s. She lives in Morehead City.
For more information about Joyce Taylor, visit the Author Page.


"My seafood bible."--Port City Foodies

“Joyce Taylor’s recipes from Mariner’s Menu: 30 Years of Fresh Seafood Ideas include fun and inventive ways to serve these healthy choices for your friends and family.”--Coastwatch

"[Taylor is] the queen of seafood cookery. . . . Great recipes."--Southern Living

"It's part cookbook; part discourse on how to clean and handle seafood; part profile of disappearing traditions."--Field & Stream