Jaimee Pease


Cook, History, Journey, Sea, South Pacific, Preschool, Primary, Outstanding

Document Type

Book Review


Captain James Cook leads the HMS Endeavor on a 1768 voyage to search for the mysterious Terra Australis Incognita, and the ship’s cook John Thompson chronicles their perilous journey around Cape Horn and deep into the South Pacific. His culinary ability triumphs over each strange ingredient the crew discovers as they pull into new ports. The men feast on delicacies such as Kangaroo Stew and Stingray Soup. When fresh ingredients run short, Thompson gets them through with salt pork and Pease Porridge. The one-handed cook handles anything these unknown lands can give until October 1770, when malaria and dysentery descend upon the entire crew, shifting their focus from discovery to survival.