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 getting to know the seductive secrets and techniques of existence 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 sunlight, sand, and a distinct 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 known as Receta (“recipe,” in Spanish), and set sail for the Caribbean on a two-year voyage of culinary and cultural discovery.
In lavish element that might have you ever packing your suit and rushing 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 journey and be seduced by way of Caribbean rhythms as she and Steve sip rum with their island acquaintances, hike lush rain forests, pull their supper out of the ocean, and adapt to existence on “island time.”
Exchanging enterprise outfits for naked ft, they drop anchor in sixteen nations -- forty seven person islands -- the place they discover secluded shores and store vigorous neighborhood markets. alongside the best way, 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 contains 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 attractiveness and bounty from the Bahamas to Trinidad -- and simply may well compel you to make a rash choice that may land you in paradise.
From the Hardcover edition.
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How could we give up two highly coveted jobs and just sail over the horizon? How would we survive when we returned, jobless and out of the loop? What would we do? It was both unnerving and enlightening that so many concerns revolved around our work. ” I caught wind of a betting pool on how long it would be—how soon, actually—before we turned back. I hedged when people asked how long we’d be gone. “One year, maybe two,” I said. I didn’t want anyone to think I’d failed if I chickened out and we returned after one year.
By far the most off-the-beaten-path spot we’ve stopped at since leaving Toronto two months ago, Smith Island, Maryland, is one of only two inhabited offshore islands in Chesapeake Bay. The other is Tangier Island, a little farther to the south and just across the Virginia state line. Isolated from the mainland 11 miles away, Smith’s 400 or so residents make their living by crabbing and, in winter, oystering, as they always have. In fact, the current residents are direct descendants of the island’s original settlers who came here in 1657.
This is what I traded my Day-Timer and business clothes for a year ago. This is what my daily life has become. Ann of a Thousand Deadlines has slowly, surely, been left behind. The Five-Year Plan Your courage is like a kite. Big wind raises it higher. FORTUNE COOKIE, TORONTO, CANADA; NOVEMBER 1996 Relinquishing fears now allows you to succeed. FORTUNE COOKIE, PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD; NOVEMBER 1998 Perhaps the hardest thing, we realized in hindsight, was making the decision to go. It had started as idle, dreamy chat in the bleak days of January and February, the time of year I detest in Toronto, when all the color is sucked out of the city, and even the snow looks gray and tired.
An embarrassment of mangoes: a Caribbean interlude by Ann Vanderhoof