An intriguing combination travel memoir, food book and cookbook. Vanderhoof and her husband have done two major Caribbean tours in their sailboat. After the first two year trip she wrote An Embarrassment of Mangoes. Necklace is full of amusing and fascinating stories and facts. The Saba (say-ba), the smallest country in the Carribean, is known for its 151 proof rum in which many spices have been infused. St. Kits has not enforced a law against having a still since the British left. Ten percent of the population make their own moonshine. The book is full of interesting people who befriend this Canadian couple and teach them their local foods. Conch (konk) is a common delicacy. On our recent trip to Florida we ate conch often. Conch needs to be pounded to tenderize it. In Florida all the conch comes from The Bahamas because it was over fished in the States. In the Carribean conch is called Lambi and there is a recipe for Lambi Fritters. At times the book is laugh aloud funny. Bev, who is a true foodie, loved the book. For me it was enough to skim.
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May 08 2010