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Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Spice Necklace


I was thinking about how to start this blog post when I remembered something my manager told us. One of her author-illustrators always starts his e-mail with "Ahoy!" It seems very fitting for today. Howard and I are currently waiting at the airport. And in a couple of hours, we will be embarking on our first cruise together! An Epic cruise. (No, we're not sponsored by any cruise companies.) Howard and I are looking forward to visiting Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; and Nassau in the Bahamas.

Just so you know, this is a scheduled post because we didn't want to leave the blog empty. But be rest assured that we will share our adventures when we return. =)

I thought this would be a good time to share this book with you (I'm embarrassed to say that I finished reading it in April 2011). What took me so long to write about it? I don't know, but it's a great food and travel read!

The Spice Necklace: A Food-Lover's Caribbean Adventure
Written by Ann Vanderhoof

ISBN-13: 9780385663366
ISBN-10: 0385663366
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Hardcover: 480 Pages

Ann Vanderhoof and her husband Steve quit their jobs, rented out their house, and moved onto their sailboat, Receta (the Spanish word for "recipe"), to sail the Caribbean. At first, what do we think? Gutsy. Brave. Risky. A little bit crazy. Then we think... how wonderful! How romantic! The warm weather! The beautiful scenery! The food!

There aren't many of us who can do it or would do it. Gosh, I don't think we could. But Ann and Steve managed to do it twice - The Spice Necklace picks up from her first book, An Embarrassment of Mangoes. I haven't read the first one, but felt comfortable reading about their second journey.

Ann and Steve visit old friends and meet new ones on their second trip to the Caribbeans. They're blessed with fantastic opportunities to watch, learn, and take part in island traditions. My favourite reads were about their discovery of new foods or cooking methods because they would go back to their tiny boat kitchen to re-make it. Best of all, Ann shares the tricks and secrets. There's quite a collection of recipes throughout the chapters - from snacks to drinks, mains and sides, desserts and extra spices.

If you're like me, you'll dream of visiting Grenada after reading this culinary voyage! There should be cruises for food-lovers!


  1. Sounds like a wonderful book! I love books set in exotic locations with a lil romance...the food journey is an added bonus! x

  2. i would love to do that! Hold on - I don't own a house...if we do enough of our cookie sandwich delivery business maybe one day

  3. Sounds like a great read, it is wonderful discovering new foods!

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