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 learning the seductive secrets and techniques of lifestyles within the Caribbean.
Who hasn’t fantasized approximately chucking the task, asserting so long to the rat race, and escaping to a few unique vacation spot looking for sunlight, sand, and a distinct lifestyle? Canadians Ann Vanderhoof and her husband, Steve did simply that.
In the mid 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 surrender their jobs, rented out their condominium, 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 may have you ever packing your suit and speeding for the airport, Vanderhoof describes the sun-drenched landscapes, captivating characters and mouthwatering tastes that season their new way of life. Come alongside for the trip and be seduced by way 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 lifestyles on “island time.”
Exchanging enterprise outfits for naked toes, they drop anchor in sixteen nations -- forty seven person islands -- the place they discover secluded shores and store full of life neighborhood markets. alongside the way in which, Ann files the delectable dishes they come across -- from cracked conch within the Bahamas to curried lobster in Grenada, from Dominican papaya salsa to vintage West Indian rum punch -- and accommodates those engaging 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 all of the impossible to resist attractiveness and bounty from the Bahamas to Trinidad -- and simply might compel you to make a rash choice that might land you in paradise.
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