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BOOKS & CO - THE HUNTER & THE GATHERER BOOK - Catherine Lawson & David Bristow

BOOKS & CO - THE HUNTER & THE GATHERER BOOK - Catherine Lawson & David Bristow

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A cookbook by sailors filled with 160+ sustainable, healthy recipes for ocean-loving foodies. Written by liveaboard cruisers, with 20+ years of experience living on their catamaran, Wild One, this book is a guide for anyone seeking to live self-sufficiently in harmony with the ocean. Perfect for tiny galleys, long passages, and beach sunsets.

Exploring Eden Media is an independent publishing house focussed on in-depth, highly curated information for travellers, rather than tourists. Our writers and creators are award-winning tour guides and authors, experienced travellers and passionate explorers.


“This is a beautiful book, congratulations to Catherine and David. They’ve really made a magnificent guide for sailors and landlovers” – David Colfelt, author of 100 Magic Miles of the Great Barrier Reef

“We really enjoyed reading the thoughtful words on how to live with a small footprint, and the ethos, strategies and recipes behind it all. The photography is stunning! Chef Scott thinks all the recipes sound delicious. – Eliz and Scott, SV Oyster, @sv_oyster

After reading the intro, I just felt like I wanted to dive into this book. I would definitely recommend it to fellow cruisers. The recipes for meals to prepare for passage are great, and I loved the tips about using peppermint tea for staying awake! – Vanessa Lilly, SV Galatea, @thehawaiicruisers

The recipes are amazing! I loved all of them. I think they are very realistic for a boat galley or any small kitchen and are very practical as well. Overall I think it is a special book. I like very much that it is more than just a cookbook and the chapters on provisioning beforehand, help have some practicality onboard. I absolutely love it. – Camilla De Conto, SV Songster, @sailingsongster

Cruising is much more than just sailing. It’s about travel, exploring empty shores and plunging into new cultures. It’s about taking time for your passions and living in harmony with the watery world that buoys, sustains, and changes you.

Dave, the hunter; Catherine, the gatherer; and their little fish Maya, have spent the last two decades afloat. They can’t imagine a better way to live and sate their adventurous spirits than visiting faraway places on their catamaran Wild One. They are based in Cairns when they aren't on the move!

This is a guide for new and old sailors striving for better health, greater self-sufficiency and a tiny footprint on the sea. Inside, the authors share extensive provisioning advice and over 160 simple, delicious recipes anyone can make with food hunted from the sea or gathered from shore and local markets. It’s for tiny galleys, long passages, perfect beach sunsets, and those times when stocks might be low, but the fish are biting.

Connect with Catherine and Dave on Instagram.

Flexible hardcover | April 1, 2023 | 260 Pages printed on FSC-certified paper | ISBN 978-0-6455226-3-1
For every copy sold, one tree is planted.

It was founded by Melissa Connell and Brendan Batty, who both have a passion for travelling slowly, because it’s as much about the destination as it is about the journey.

Hardcover, 216 Pages printed on FSC-certified paper 

Carbon footprint: approximately 2.5kg  Our books plant forests.



Catherine Lawson and David Bristow have called Tropical North Queensland home for over two decades. Although, their home is a yacht called Wild One, and they divide their time between exploring the reef under sail, or the land in their modified Toyota LandCruiser 4WD camper. It’s okay to hate them a little bit. 

Catherine cut her journalistic teeth as a cadet in a regional newsroom, but her love of travel made keeping her itchy feet under a desk pretty challenging. After tackling a Big Lap of Australia, she landed a job as editor of Go Camping Australia magazine so that she could legitimately travel for ‘work’, and pretty quickly became a digital nomad, editing the magazine on the road and freelancing for some of Australia’s best travel and camping magazines. She launched Australia’s first outdoor Gear Guide, and after meeting David on an idyllic Thai island, moved to Tropical North Queensland to manage News Corp’s Port Douglas Gazette. The author of two Australian travel books, Catherine has spent the last 25 years writing for the likes of Australian Geographic, Wild, Outdoor, Action Asia, Get Lost, WellBeing and ROAM magazine.

David began his career as a television cameraman in Western Australia, filming in the most remote corners of the state. Born in Perth, he spent his youth – camera on shoulder, surfboard in car – travelling the entire west coast until he and Catherine met in Thailand and moved to TNQ. Dave transitioned to stills photography, and now devotes his days to documenting Australia’s wild places (and wild creatures) for magazines, books and his own website,

Together, Catherine and David prefer to be exploring the path less travelled and specialise in dreaming up and documenting the kind of adventures and wildlife encounters that inspire intrepid travellers to pack their bags. They don’t write about the world’s hippest bars, or which galleries to visit (unless they are Indigenous rock art galleries) or what hotel deals to snap up. But they do guide travellers to some of the wildest natural destinations on the planet.

The authors of 100 Things To See In Tropical North Queensland, Catherine and Dave said of their home, “Every time we fly back into Cairns and see those green hills and white strip of sand and just hugging the coastline, this opalescent sea, we just think there’s nowhere else in the world that’s this good. Some places have pretty beaches or a nice strip of reef, but they just aren’t as green and vibrant as TNQ. And it doesn’t matter what season it is, it’s always lush and gorgeous, and you can do whatever you want, outdoors, year-round. We’ve never found another place in the world that’s quite like that.”

Catherine and David also contributed significantly to 100 Things To See On Australia’s Coral Coast. David is a Western Australian by birth, and spent much of his career as a roving cameraman for various news shows travelling up and down the Coral Coast. Both Catherine and David have both travelled extensively through the region by 4WD and camper.

They have a gorgeous daughter Maya, who, as-well-as being the youngest Australian to reach Everest base-camp, accompanies them on all their travels. Find out more about their travels, their work and their envious life at

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