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 learning 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 special 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. in order that they surrender their jobs, rented out their condominium, moved onto a 42-foot sailboat referred to 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 may have you ever packing your go well with 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 trip 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 lifestyles on “island time.”
Exchanging company outfits for naked toes, they drop anchor in sixteen international locations -- forty seven person islands -- the place they discover secluded seashores and store vigorous neighborhood markets. alongside the best way, 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 comprises those engaging recipes into the textual content in order that readers can perform the adventure.
Almost pretty much 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 would land you in paradise.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Because home these days is a 42-foot sailboat named Receta, which currently floats off the southeastern coast of Grenada, in a protected bay behind these shallow reefs. She has carried us to the Caribbean from Toronto, where we lived and worked until a year ago, and where we’ll return a year from now—2,100 miles south as the crow flies, but much, much farther as the sailboat travels. “There. ” The white balls gleam as I flick my light from one to the other so Steve can see the gap. We’re right on course.
I left for work in the dark and returned home in the dark. On the rare days the sun bothered to show itself, it was a pale lemon pretender, offering little warmth and barely brightening the gunmetal surface of Lake Ontario. When I cooked dinner in the evening, Steve would catch me warming my hands over the stove, and, later, huddling over the heating vent in our bedroom while I read. It’s a very sad sight, he would say. I looked like the little match girl rather than a successful magazine editor.
He now raced the boat every Wednesday night in Toronto’s harbor, and also entered longer weekend races on Lake Ontario when he could get crew. He knew better than to look to me to fill that role. However, not wanting to focus on my personal shortcomings, I cleverly decided to point out a few other niggling drawbacks to his “let’s sail south” idea instead. Like money. We were both self-employed; there was no company or educational institution offering sabbaticals, no family trust fund, no cash reserves or investments to help pay for a midlife break from the working world.
An embarrassment of mangoes: a Caribbean interlude by Ann Vanderhoof