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Food and Music at Sea in the 19th Century

Author/performer Simon Spalding will present a lecture-concert “Food and Music at Sea in the 19th Century” at the Spaulding Center in Sausalito, at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, August 16. Wine, beer, cheese, and water will be served, and there is a suggested donation of $10 per person.

Spalding’s book “Food at Sea: Shipboard Cuisine from Ancient to Modern Times” (Rowman & Littlefield 9781442227361) is the first to cover the history of food at sea from the Stone Age to the present. “Food at Sea” has received rave reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Sea History Magazine, and from readers. Mr. Spalding has been interviewed about the book by BBC World Service and Peter Greenberg-CBS, and he has presented lectures on his book at maritime museums in California, Virginia, and Maryland.

Mr. Spalding is a Bay Area native living on the East Coast. He has performed maritime music at museums and festivals throughout North America and Europe. He will perform August 19 at San Francisco’s Festival of the Sea. Like his book, Mr. Spalding’s program will be illustrated with songs and sing-along chanteys. Spalding accompanies himself on fiddle and Chinese erhu. Copies of his book and his music CDs will be available for purchase. The Spaulding Boat Center is at the foot of Gate 5 Road in Sausalito. For more information, call 415-332-3179 or e-mail For more on Mr. Spalding, explore his website,