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 at the back of -- and gaining knowledge of the seductive secrets and techniques of lifestyles within the Caribbean.
Who hasn’t fantasized approximately chucking the activity, asserting see you later to the rat race, and escaping to a few unique vacation spot looking for solar, sand, and a unique lifestyle? Canadians Ann Vanderhoof and her husband, Steve did simply that.
In the mid Nineteen Nineties, they have been pushed, forty-something execs 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 known 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, enthralling characters and mouthwatering tastes that season their new way of life. Come alongside for the experience and be seduced by way of Caribbean rhythms as she and Steve sip rum with their island friends, hike lush rain forests, pull their supper out of the ocean, and adapt to existence on “island time.”
Exchanging enterprise outfits for naked toes, they drop anchor in sixteen international locations -- forty seven person islands -- the place they discover secluded shorelines and store energetic neighborhood markets. alongside the way in which, Ann files 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 comprises those attractive recipes into the textual content in order that readers can perform the adventure.
Almost nearly as good as making the adventure itself, An Embarrassment of Mangoes is an intimate account that conjures the entire 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.
From the Hardcover edition.