Hi everyone! I'm really excited to introduce a new series that I think is going to be a lot of fun!
In the past, I have written about my love for reading and my new-found love for nonfiction books, particularly those that recount someone's personal travel stories and adventures. I may have even said once or twice that I actually love the escapism genre. While these stories are often over-indulgent, exaggerated, and often unrealistic and unattainable for your average person, it's nice to dream once in a while.
I'll be including a similar series on my corresponding blog, The Offbeat Traveler, but here I wanted to focus specifically on books that relate to food while traveling. I mean, isn't that a major reason why so many of us travel in the first place- to discover all sorts of amazing and intriguing cuisines that are unique to various regions.
I wanted to start off with a book that I read last summer and that I also have highlighted on my Travel Reading List page- An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude by Ann Vanderhoof.
This book is a classic example of escapism. Man and woman leave behind 9-5 office jobs in dreary city to chase the golden sunshine of a warmer, more peaceful paradise. But there's a slight twist- they are sailing their own boat- a 42 foot sailboat named Receta to be exact. Receta meaning "recipe" in Spanish, is a fitting name, as Vanderhoof gives elaborate mention to all the new and exotic foods and dishes she comes to know and love during their journey through 16 countries and 47 islands.
Luckily for us, Vanderhoof includes many of the mouth-watering recipes in the back of the book, so we can literally get a little taste of what life must have been like during the voyage she writes about. Anything from curried lobster to breadfruit salad, pineapple cream cheese and papaya-banana muffins, this book will leave you craving the flavors and spices of the Caribbean.
Intrigued yet? This light-hearted and enchanting journey is one you will not want to put down- but not to worry, you can catch back up with Vanderhoof in her follow-up book, The Spice Necklace. This is one I have on my list as well!
You can find the paperback copy here or a Kindle version here
I travel and then I write about it. I hope you enjoy my experiences, and can learn from my trial and errors!