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Top surfing expert and cook to talk story at book signings

By Staff | Dec 13, 2018

LAHAINA – Lifelong surfer, cook and writer Jim Kempton, who has Maui ties and has been editor and publisher of Surfer Magazine, will talk story about the world’s leading surfers and his adventures working with food and how it is cooked, as well as sign copies of his new book, “First We Surf Then We Eat, Recipes from a Lifetime of Surf Travel,” at four Maui locations on Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15.

The book includes travel photography and recipes from the world’s greatest surfing spots.

Kempton will appear in Lahaina on Friday, Dec. 14, at Kohala Brewery at 910 Honoapiilani Highway in Lahaina in the rear of the West Maui Shopping Center from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Lahaina Public Library, 680 Wharf St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Other talk story appearances include the Maui Friends of the Library Book Store in Queen Ka’ahumanu Center by Sears on Friday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m., and on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Makawao Public Library at 1159 Makawao Avenue from 3 to 5 p.m.

“First We Surf Then We Eat, Recipes from a Lifetime of Surf Travel” features 90 recipes gathered as he follows the waves and prepares meals in French Polynesia, Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Indonesia, California and Hawaii. The book is illustrated with photos of surfing and his favorite ingredients/dishes, including a favorite San Onofre Guard Roast, a roast beef preparation you cook under the hood of your car while driving.

The author attended Maunaolu Community College in Paia and played college volleyball there. The Makawao Steak House and Paia are featured in the book with a recipe for porterhouse steak with Portuguese chimichurri.

Kempton has been a media consultant to some of the world’s top surfing companies and to top surfers. He is president of the California Surf Museum.

“Nothing follows the stoke of a good surf session than a good meal,” said Kempton.