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 researching the seductive secrets and techniques of lifestyles within the Caribbean.
Who hasn’t fantasized approximately chucking the task, asserting see you later to the rat race, and escaping to a few unique vacation spot looking for solar, sand, and a special 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. in order that they hand over 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 aspect that might have you ever packing your suit and speeding for the airport, Vanderhoof describes the sun-drenched landscapes, mesmerizing characters and mouthwatering tastes that season their new way of life. Come alongside for the experience and be seduced by means of Caribbean rhythms as she and Steve sip rum with their island buddies, 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 seashores and store vigorous neighborhood markets. alongside the way in which, Ann documents 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 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 all of the impossible to resist good looks and bounty from the Bahamas to Trinidad -- and simply might compel you to make a rash selection that might land you in paradise.
From the Hardcover edition.
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We’d no longer have to limit our food purchases in exotic destinations to what we could chill in a hotel ice bucket, prepare with a Swiss Army knife, and consume with our fingers. The Five-Year—now Seven-Year—Plan had worked. We had no debts. The mortgage was paid off, so we could rent our house for a source of income. We were completing new editions of two of Steve’s guidebooks, which would be on the market while we were gone, for another source of income. We’d even built up a small cash cushion.
But the heart of the waterway is from Mile 0, at Norfolk, Virginia, at the bottom of Chesapeake Bay, to Mile 1,095 at Miami: a winding ribbon of rivers, creeks, and man-made canals just inland of the ocean. This narrow ribbon, protected by barrier islands and low coastal mainland, ties together pieces of American history—Revolutionary War battlegrounds, the haunts of pirates and smugglers, plantations once worked by slaves, Civil War forts—as it passes storied cities such as Charleston, Beaufort, Savannah, and St.
Sign powers of attorney to allow our accountant to handle our finances while we’re away. See lawyer and prepare living wills, just in case. Reassure parents (and self) again. Find a buyer for my car and convince Steve’s parents to store his. See every last friend we’ve got in the city, to say good-bye. Try not to think about all the things I’ll soon be required to do that I’ve never done before. Like sail at night. We cut things so close to the deadline that we’re on the deck locking the back door of our empty house as our new tenants are on the porch unlocking the front.
An embarrassment of mangoes: a Caribbean interlude by Ann Vanderhoof