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An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude Paperback – February 8, 2005
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Who hasnt 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.
- Item Weight : 8.3 ounces
- Paperback : 305 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0767914279
- ISBN-13 : 978-0767914277
- Dimensions : 5.18 x 0.69 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Crown (February 8, 2005)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #114,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My wish is for everyone that needs a break, that they pick up his book and sit back with a drink in one hand and the book in the other.
I've only ever given five-stars to any other author, twice. Ann, this is well deserved for the smile I've had on my face since the first chapter. It was only eclipsed by the tear in my eye at the ending.
It talks about a couple's free spirit living aboard a sailboat along the east coast and the island chain and the culture and food along the way.
The story is a true travel story, always the best, about the cruisers and inhabitants they meet and the friendships they form on a two year sailing trip.
The trip includes the customs, traditions, history, food, language, and people experiences they find. It is also a real learning experience for the reader including the perils and complications of ocean cruising. This Canadian couple from Toronto is learning as they go and you learn with them.
It even includes the recipes for those exotic creole dishes if you are a cook.
This is about the dream I had of cruising the Caribbean Islands and never fulfilled.. Oh yes, I owned sailboats and visited the islands by air many times including sailing chartered boats, but never lived there aboard my boat and island hopped as they say. Now I am too old and too ill for the trip.
I visited many of the islands and had real experiences including sailing into a Cat. 1 hurricane going to St. Kitts and lost the mast and nearly my life.
My misfortune, but this Toronto couple, Ann and Steve, bit the bullet, had their dream and wrote the book, a wonderful story. I envy them.
This book was well written and if you also love travel, adventure, sailing and people read this book.