Geneticist and molecular biologist David Hoar started scuba diving at age thirteen, long before Jacques Cousteau made the sport popular. His understanding and knowledge grew as he dove for pleasure and also to collect specimens for the Vancouver Aquarium. Semi-retirement has allowed him the time to pursue his lifelong love of the sea. Cooks Afloat [2001] is a record of his broad knowledge base in marine biology, seafood collection and preparation and creative cookery, where, aboard the Pacific Voyager, the galley has become his laboratory.