I'm looking for a book that was a favorite of a friend of mine, who is elderly and blind. She was recounting the plot to me but I couldn't find any matches searching. She said it was like a series of short stories, written in the 1950s or 60s.

The plot is that this guy joined a spaceship because he was in love with the captain's daughter. They first put him in charge of the kitchen, cooking for the crew and everyone loved his food. Next they put him in charge of hydroponics and everything grew wildly. He eventually got together with the captain's daughter.

Any ideas? I would love to find this book to read to her.

  • So this was an anthology book? Commented Mar 30 at 0:13
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    @user14111: To flip your question around, what makes you think that the OP’s use of “ship” isn’t referring to a spaceship?
    – RLH
    Commented Mar 30 at 1:04
  • @RLH Because the default meaning of the English word "ship" is not spaceship or airship, any more than the default meaning of "horse" is sawhorse or seahorse. The default meaning of "ship" is "large seagoing vessel." If the ship in question was in outer space instead of at sea, that would seem too important a point to leave out of a story description.
    – user14111
    Commented Mar 30 at 1:27
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    @user14111 "Ship" as "spaceship" is commonly enough used that the OP's use of "ship" seemed clear from context. Your question reads as pedantic sarcasm directed towards a new contributor, especially with the bold text. (Something like "To confirm, this is a spaceship rather than a seagoing vessel, right?" would have prompted the OP for clarification without attacking them.)
    – RLH
    Commented Mar 30 at 3:07
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    @user14111, I did mean spaceship... Apparently, I should have been more precise! I've edited accordingly.
    – Amy P
    Commented Mar 30 at 21:39


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