Warning - this is not intended as a serious cookery book. It is a delightful addition to the bookshelf for readers of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels, and traces each dish mentioned in the books, however revolting, back to a contemporary recipe where possible, and conjectures some others, like the recipe for Millers (rats) in onion sauce (sailors being reduced to eating ship's rats on occasion). It is divided into suitable occasions for the dish to be served, and each recipe section is headed by quotes from the books which refer.
I found when I got home that the book had arrived, so I sat down "for half an hour" to look it over. This was at 5.30pm. The next thing I knew it was 7.40pm! Much of the time was spent laughing out loud. Many of the recipes are still worth trying, especially the suet puddings, but I would give the one on page 231 a wide berth (no pun intended!)
Those who have read other Nelsonian Naval fiction, such as Forrester or Alexander Kent, may also find it interesting, although food does not feature anything like so much in those works.