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An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude

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Staff Pick

Leave your PDAs behind, take a deep breath of tropical air, and make some time for Caribbean living! Included at the end of each delightful chapter are tempting recipes to take you closer to crystal clear blue bays, smooth rum, stunning sunset swims, and, of course, an abundance of mangoes. It's a voyage you just can't miss!
Recommended by Sarah H., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Under the Tuscan Sun on a sailboat in the Caribbean: Ann Vanderhoof and her husband abandon their esteemed careers in mid-life to navigate the Caribbean on a sailboat, discovering local culture in each tiny port, and collecting original sumptuous recipes along the way.

Review:

"A detailed travelogue and an intimate portrait of self-discovery, this is a refreshing, soulful journey about rediscovering the things that really matter." Booklist

Review:

"A savory and delicious book." Library Journal

Review:

"With wit and candor, Vanderhoof...recounts her sometimes complicated but always enlightening two-year voyage from Toronto to the West Indies and beyond." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Finely crafted portraits that prompt us to see and to yearn: what travel writing is all about." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [303]-305).

Synopsis:

Under the Tuscan Sun meets the wide-open sea . . . An Embarrassment of Mangoes is a delicious chronicle of leaving the type-A lifestyle behind — and discovering the seductive secrets of life in the Caribbean.

Who hasn’t fantasized about chucking the job, saying goodbye to the rat race, and escaping to some exotic destination in search of sun, sand, and a different way of life? Canadians Ann Vanderhoof and her husband, Steve did just that.

In the mid 1990s, they were driven, forty-something professionals who were desperate for a break from their deadline-dominated, career-defined lives. So they quit their jobs, rented out their house, moved onto a 42-foot sailboat called Receta (“recipe,” in Spanish), and set sail for the Caribbean on a two-year voyage of culinary and cultural discovery.

In lavish detail that will have you packing your swimsuit and dashing for the airport, Vanderhoof describes the sun-drenched landscapes, enchanting characters and mouthwatering tastes that season their new lifestyle. Come along for the ride and be seduced by Caribbean rhythms as she and Steve sip rum with their island neighbors, hike lush rain forests, pull their supper out of the sea, and adapt to life on “island time.”

Exchanging business clothes for bare feet, they drop anchor in 16 countries — 47 individual islands — where they explore secluded beaches and shop lively local markets. Along the way, Ann records the delectable dishes they encounter — from cracked conch in the Bahamas to curried lobster in Grenada, from Dominican papaya salsa to classic West Indian rum punch — and incorporates these enticing recipes into the text so that readers can participate in the adventure.

Almost as good as making the journey itself, An Embarrassment of Mangoes is an intimate account that conjures all the irresistible beauty and bounty from the Bahamas to Trinidad — and just may compel you to make a rash decision that will land you in paradise.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Ann Vanderhoof is a writer and magazine and book editor whose work has appeared in publications in the United States and Canada. She was the founding editor of the award-winning Canadian magazine Cottage Life and is also the senior editor of Ports Cruising Guides, a series of guidebooks for boaters. She lives in Toronto.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767914024
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Author:
Vanderhoof, Ann
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies
Subject:
West Indies
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Regional & Ethnic - Caribbean & West Indian
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies - General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
no. 35
Publication Date:
January 2004
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.44x5.92x.97 in. 1.02 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Broadway Books - English 9780767914024 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Leave your PDAs behind, take a deep breath of tropical air, and make some time for Caribbean living! Included at the end of each delightful chapter are tempting recipes to take you closer to crystal clear blue bays, smooth rum, stunning sunset swims, and, of course, an abundance of mangoes. It's a voyage you just can't miss!

"Review" by , "A detailed travelogue and an intimate portrait of self-discovery, this is a refreshing, soulful journey about rediscovering the things that really matter."
"Review" by , "A savory and delicious book."
"Review" by , "With wit and candor, Vanderhoof...recounts her sometimes complicated but always enlightening two-year voyage from Toronto to the West Indies and beyond."
"Review" by , "Finely crafted portraits that prompt us to see and to yearn: what travel writing is all about."
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [303]-305).
"Synopsis" by , Under the Tuscan Sun meets the wide-open sea . . . An Embarrassment of Mangoes is a delicious chronicle of leaving the type-A lifestyle behind — and discovering the seductive secrets of life in the Caribbean.

Who hasn’t fantasized about chucking the job, saying goodbye to the rat race, and escaping to some exotic destination in search of sun, sand, and a different way of life? Canadians Ann Vanderhoof and her husband, Steve did just that.

In the mid 1990s, they were driven, forty-something professionals who were desperate for a break from their deadline-dominated, career-defined lives. So they quit their jobs, rented out their house, moved onto a 42-foot sailboat called Receta (“recipe,” in Spanish), and set sail for the Caribbean on a two-year voyage of culinary and cultural discovery.

In lavish detail that will have you packing your swimsuit and dashing for the airport, Vanderhoof describes the sun-drenched landscapes, enchanting characters and mouthwatering tastes that season their new lifestyle. Come along for the ride and be seduced by Caribbean rhythms as she and Steve sip rum with their island neighbors, hike lush rain forests, pull their supper out of the sea, and adapt to life on “island time.”

Exchanging business clothes for bare feet, they drop anchor in 16 countries — 47 individual islands — where they explore secluded beaches and shop lively local markets. Along the way, Ann records the delectable dishes they encounter — from cracked conch in the Bahamas to curried lobster in Grenada, from Dominican papaya salsa to classic West Indian rum punch — and incorporates these enticing recipes into the text so that readers can participate in the adventure.

Almost as good as making the journey itself, An Embarrassment of Mangoes is an intimate account that conjures all the irresistible beauty and bounty from the Bahamas to Trinidad — and just may compel you to make a rash decision that will land you in paradise.

From the Hardcover edition.

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