By Ann Vanderhoof
Under the Tuscan Sun meets the wide-open sea . . . An Embarrassment of Mangoes is a scrumptious chronicle of leaving the type-A way of life in the back of -- and researching the seductive secrets and techniques of lifestyles within the Caribbean.
Who hasn’t fantasized approximately chucking the activity, asserting so long to the rat race, and escaping to a couple unique vacation spot looking for solar, sand, and a unique lifestyle? Canadians Ann Vanderhoof and her husband, Steve did simply that.
In the mid Nineties, they have been pushed, forty-something pros who have been determined for a holiday from their deadline-dominated, career-defined lives. so that they hand over their jobs, rented out their apartment, moved onto a 42-foot sailboat referred to as Receta (“recipe,” in Spanish), and set sail for the Caribbean on a two-year voyage of culinary and cultural discovery.
In lavish element that would have you ever packing your suit and rushing for the airport, Vanderhoof describes the sun-drenched landscapes, spell binding characters and mouthwatering tastes that season their new way of life. Come alongside for the journey and be seduced by means of Caribbean rhythms as she and Steve sip rum with their island associates, hike lush rain forests, pull their supper out of the ocean, and adapt to existence on “island time.”
Exchanging company outfits for naked ft, they drop anchor in sixteen nations -- forty seven person islands -- the place they discover secluded shorelines and store vigorous neighborhood markets. alongside the way in which, Ann documents the delectable dishes they come upon -- from cracked conch within the Bahamas to curried lobster in Grenada, from Dominican papaya salsa to vintage West Indian rum punch -- and contains those attractive recipes into the textual content in order that readers can perform the adventure.
Almost pretty much as good as making the adventure itself, An Embarrassment of Mangoes is an intimate account that conjures all of the impossible to resist attractiveness and bounty from the Bahamas to Trinidad -- and simply may possibly compel you to make a rash determination that would land you in paradise.
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I had never set foot on a sailboat until one of my first dates with him, and it was hardly an auspicious beginning to a relationship, let alone a sailing career. Having taught himself to sail and fallen in love with sailing a few years earlier, Steve had planned a romantic afternoon for two on his boat on the lake. In fact, we didn’t even get away from the dock, after he backed over one of his mooring lines leaving the slip and wrapped it on the propeller. ) Our second sailing date wasn’t much better: It was aborted at the marina’s fuel dock, when he discovered one of the boat’s hoses had become detached, filling the bilge with gasoline.
Steve figures the only way to get even for the stress of constant crab-trap watch is to devour as many crabs as possible. There’s no way we’re going to walk by a truck full of them on Smith Island and not buy some to cook ourselves. ” I ask the young woman hefting traps. She relays the question to the man in oilskins in the bed of the pickup, who shouts back an incomprehensible answer. The island’s isolation has allowed a distinctive dialect to survive, with outmoded words and grammatical constructions from seventeenth-century England.
Hugh makes a sweet toast of welcome and friendship to those who come to this little village on the coast. He then indicates we have to down the rum in one go—demonstrating with his own cup, of course. Bernadette just looks on. I pick up my cup and gulp. Jesus. ” This is the local overproof stuff, fresh out of the still, no aging in barrels to temper the raw fire. I cough and sputter and grope for the water that Bernadette has prudently provided. She gives a little knowing smile: I wouldn’t be able to spit out the word right now to ask for it myself.
An embarrassment of mangoes: a Caribbean interlude by Ann Vanderhoof