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A follow-up to the national bestseller An Embarrassment of Mangoes, Ann Vanderhoof and her husband navigate the Caribbean on a sailboat, discovering local culture in each tiny port, and collecting sumptuous original recipes along the way.Spices and herbs are the heart and soul of Caribbean cooking, adding more to the pleasures of the table here than perhaps anywhere else.A follow-up to the national bestseller An Embarrassment of Mangoes, Ann Vanderhoof and her husband navigate the Caribbean on a sailboat, discovering local culture in each tiny port, and collecting sumptuous original recipes along the way.Spices and herbs are the heart and soul of Caribbean cooking, adding more to the pleasures of the table here than perhaps anywhere else. In The Spice Necklace, award-winning food and travel writer Ann Vanderhoof embarks on a voyage of culinary discovery, as she follows her nose (and her tastebuds) into tiny kitchens and fragrant markets, through rainforest gardens and to family cookups on the beach, linking each food to its traditions, folklore and history.Meandering from island to island by sailboat, Vanderhoof takes readers along as she gathers nutmeg in Grenada, hunts crabs and freshwater crayfish in the mountains of Dominica, and obsesses about oregano-eating goats in the Dominican Republic. Along the way, she is befriended by a collection of unforgettable island characters who share with her their own delicious recipes, making this truly a book to savour....

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The Spice Necklace: A Food-Lover's Caribbean Adventure Reviews

  • Lex
    2019-04-15 12:40

    This is a perfect summertime read. The author has a real gift for capturing the feel of tropical places, and made me long for the food and sights of Grenada and Trinidad (places I knew very little about until reading this book). I did skim over some of the bits about rum and drinking-- the book should really called the Food AND Drink Lover's Caribbean Adventure-- but food lovers can't miss this book for her loving and reverential representation of the cuisine of the "Spice Necklace" islands. Sometimes travel memoirs can seem condescending depending on the tone of the author, but there's not of that here.

  • Amy L. Campbell
    2019-03-21 19:57

    Note: Free review copy received from vendor's booth at ALA 2010.I wasn't expecting to be so enraptured by this travelogue/recipe book, but Vanderhoof added enough of her interactions with the local people, history, the food and where it came from to keep me from getting bored with one thing or the other. However, like her boat Receta, Vanderhoof knows exactly when her writing needs to change tack and bring it around to a new topic. Readers will be thrilled, but not overwhelmed, with descriptions of scenery, humorous anecdotes about cooking or eating failures, and brief tidbits about the various spices and dishes of the Caribbean.While some of the recipes will be out of reach for the majority of the US population (particularly the ones that call for conch), there are still many out of the 71 included recipes that will be both palatable and easy for even the less adventurous to cook up.This may also be an excellent guide for people interested in a Caribbean trip a bit off the beaten path, and offers excellent advice about traveling pretty much anywhere: eat the food, and ask questions about it. You will learn more about the culture that way and be more satisfied with both your meal and your experience.The reviewer is the author of the blog A Librarian's Life in Books.

  • PorshaJo
    2019-04-16 11:31

    I enjoyed this one so much. I waited to read this one while on a trip to the Grenandines and Grenada and it was the prefect read. I love to read anything about food and this was perfect. Perhaps it was reading about the food of the area that I was in at that time time, or reading it while sailing and sunning myself, but I loved this one. It was nice to get a history of some food, such as this history of cocoa on Trinidad and Grenada and how it goes from bean form to actual chocolate. I read both books by this author and have to say this one is my favorite. Though it was a tough decision.

  • Nisha
    2019-04-16 15:36

    The Spice NecklaceA Food-Lover's Caribbean AdventureBy Ann VanderhoofDoubleday Canada, 459 pages, $33FOR most of us, our knowledge of spices is confined to little glass bottles sitting in rows in the grocery store.But Toronto writer Ann Vanderhoof's newest tale of sailing the Caribbean islands brings readers into the world of nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon and the ground it comes from.Part travel book, part cookbook, The Spice Necklace continues from Vanderhoof's previous effort, 2004's An Embarrassment of Mangoes, a tale of workaholic 40-somethings casting off the shackles of regular life and taking to the seas.Ultimately, it's a quick and entertaining jaunt through a world of exotic treats that belongs in the kitchen rather than the literary shelf.Vanderhoof and her husband explored the Caribbean in the 1990s, losing themselves in the people, landscapes and food. They have returned to the Caribbean in Spice Necklace after a 10-year hiatus and are ready to continue their adventure.What follows is an ode to the cuisine and native ingredients of Trinidad, Grenada and a host of other islands. Vanderhoof visits cocoa plantations and watches locals as they go seaweed fishing.She samples goat fattened on oregano leaves and shellfish plucked straight from the ocean. She picks up the secrets to making perfect breadfruit stews and crisp lobster fritters from the local island women (and sometimes men).Vanderhoof's tale is incredibly airy and bright, but in a world where the politics of food has become about much more than just what's on our plate, it also seems flippant.Touring through some of the poorest parts of the world, Vanderhoof skates at the edges of the issues that plague farmers on these islands, for example the swaths of valuable agriculture lost to Hurricane Dean in 2007 and the divide between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.As a result, her exploration feels hollow and lacking any real insight into the culture she purports to cherish.The same lack of depth is found in her connection to the people. She claims lifelong friendships with some of the islanders, and yet we never learn anything about them aside from their names and which spices they tip into the stockpot.She haphazardly pieces together information with no connection from one idea to the next. We might start out hunting for cloves and find ourselves learning about guava berry liquor with no transition in between. The only indication she's changed topics are the numerous section breaks in each chapter.Vanderhoof's writing style is accessible and mostly engaging. But it's her native island recipes, many developed in the small kitchen aboard her boat, which are the book's highlight.Twice-fried plantains, coconut drops, pepper shrimp and mango chow -- many sound good enough to induce hunger pangs just by reading their names. Although some of the ingredients are likely only found in a market in St. Kitts, Vanderhoof does an admiral job of making them accessible to any North American kitchen.Nisha Tuli is a Winnipeg writer and an avid foodie.Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 30, 2010 H8

  • Sky Thibedeau
    2019-03-23 18:43

    The `Spice Necklace' is part travelogue, part cookbook, and a joy to read. Anne Vanderhoof and her husband Steve took two years off from the real world to explore the Caribbean on their sailboat the `Receta' (Spanish for `recipe'). Along the way we meet the diverse people, customs, and tastes (especially the tastes) of the Islands from the Dominican Republic south to Trinidad.The people we meet through Anne's eyes are very friendly and generous. They share their lives, their communities and their kitchens. People like Miss Dingis and her family in Grenada who live in a lush forest surrounded by spice and Cocoa trees. She welcomes Anne into her home and over the course of their friendship teaches her to cook like a born Grenadian.There's also Dwight and Stevie, two local fishermen who trade the bounty from the Waters off Grenada for Anne's Home baked cookies and pastries. Stevie and Dwight have a very delicate palate and advise Anne on her cooking of local dishes. They let her know when she is fixing the dish just right.Over in the Dominican Republic we can almost taste the sweet tender meat of the self spicing goats of Chef Julian Tatiz's `La Madonna restaurant which is an adventure in itself to get to. The goats graze on wild oregano in the mountains and their meat has the taste of oregano already infused.Down in Trinidad we meet Miss Pat Jones and are introduced to the Trini tradition of `Liming' that is relaxing and having fun with your friends. In addition to Miss Pat's hot and spicy recipes we also get a glimpse of Carnival and how West Indian Curries are made.There are so many peoples to meet, tastes to discover, and places to see it would take several pages to relate them all. I really enjoyed this book and probably gain 10 pounds just reading it.The book comes with 71 recipes of which I tried several. The Ginger Spice Cookies (page19) were terrific and a kid pleaser. The Grenadian Banana Bread (Page 21) was very good and differs in flavor and texture from my normal recipe. I liked the Spicy Peanut Cream (Page 361) but my Kids not so much. The Ginger Peanuts (page 449) are the favorite and we've made 4 batches. I tried the Chivo Guisado (page 46) with Lamb instead of goat. I loved it but it's not a kid pleaser. Give'em Hotdogs.The Spice Necklace is a wonderful book which will make you hunger for the Island Life. You'll have a hard deciding to keep it in the library or the kitchen.

  • Crystal
    2019-04-15 12:33

    I loved this book. I think I loved it more than the first book, An Embarrassment of Mangoes. I love Ann and Steve, and think they sound like great fun people, someone with whom I'd want to share dinner and a bottle of wine. And it's their charm that leads them into so many new friendships and adventures, and secures old friendships, in this return to the Caribbean in the good ship Receta. I was so happy to hear about Dingis again, and to make acquaintance with new friendly faces--to get to know Dwight and Stevie better, meet Miss Pat and Martin and Jamie and Seacat and Moses Jr & Sr. Aside from Guadaloupe, everywhere they visited sounded wonderful, and very much worth visiting. Many of the recipes sounded delicious, and are going to be added into my collection. I appreciate that in this book the recipes are often listed with possible North American ingredient substitutions, or ideas on where to find items that can't be substituted. I have no plan to start cooking conch/ lambi any time soon, but it's still interesting to hear about.I found it slightly humorous that Ann, due to her Jewish heritage, doesn't eat pork, but absolutely scarfs down any seafood offered...but neither ingredient is kosher. I guess we all internalize our heritages in different ways. Steve, meanwhile, sounds like a human vacuum cleaner. It's always nice to have an appreciative audience when cooking. The other thing I really appreciated about this book was how much I learned. I read most travel books to not only hear about new areas, and vicariously experience them, but also to learn, about culture and history and geography and such. And I was just surprised by the end of this book how MUCH I'd learned. So much information about nuts and spices especially. I now know why cashews always come shelled and roasted at the store (their shells are toxic.), that allspice is just one spice (although it smells like a combination), that cocoa and vanilla both need to be fermented before they get the taste we love, etc. I really do recommend this book--have done so already with several friends. It's fun, interesting, educational, and sounds delicious!

  • Beth
    2019-03-22 18:55

    The book is about a couple who use their boat to live various months at different Caribbean islands. They explore the islands to find out what spices are used with different recipes and how these have come to the islands. Interestingly enough although the use of hot spices are very common there, these spices are not grown there. They often come from India. The practice of using them was brought with those who emigrated from India. But originally, these spices came to India from South America in the first place. This is a good book to dip into. You read little stories about the author Ann Vanderhoof and her husband’s stay in tracking down local food, inviting people to eat with them as they try cooking on their boat at one Caribbean island after another. The book is full of different stories of native people they meet as they rent cars to go around each island. Most interesting is description of how things grow and are processed. Coffee is grown and after it has been through bidding, it is processed. A new way of dealing with chocolate is not only to have cocoa grow on the islands but also to have the locals involved in making it into chocolate right there instead of sending it elsewhere to be made into bars and pieces. I'd love to try to Grenadian chocolate that they're importing to the US.

  • D
    2019-03-28 16:35

    Now I wish I'd read this before my vacation to St. Lucia and Grenada (among a handful of other islands) back in January. Despite that, it was nice to be able to return to these places through the pages of a book and relive the short time I spent on those islands. Even though my Caribbean exposure has so far been limited to spending a few hours on each island, thanks to having been on cruise ships, I've fallen for the islands hard and just reading about them left a smile on my face every time I had to put this book down.This was a surprisingly informative and interesting book on all kinds of topics including politics, culture and food. I don't know how many times I thought to myself, "huh, I did not know that" or would mention them out loud to someone. I preferred that so little was mentioned of sailing itself and the emphasis on the food, since that's what I bought the book for. I can't wait to try some of the recipes and it's great that such a generous amount are included. The only slightly negative thing was that I felt somewhat left out of the loop as she mentioned all these friends of theirs, be they fellow sailors or islanders. Probably would've helped considerably if I had read her previous book first...

  • Cathy
    2019-04-12 16:45

    I loved An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude by the same author, and I loved this book as well. The reason it took me almost two years to finish the book is that I wanted to savor each chapter as I would the dishes Ann Vanderhoof details in them: slowly, and at my leisure. I found this book best read one chapter (or section) at a time, with plenty of time to devote to what I read. Vanderhoof centers this book firmly on food yet still manages to work in scraps of local color. In this book, she progressed from curious visitor to something more — island culture food anthropologist, perhaps?I will keep this book around to try my hand at some of the recipes, and I appreciate the offering of practical substitutions. If I had one complaint it would be that I wished she included more environmental and historical perspectives on the islands, as she does hint at these things from time to time and I would have welcomed more insight. I anticipate another book soon, I hope!

  • Riley Vermilya
    2019-03-30 18:54

    What a GREAT summer on your hammock read! I loved how this is a travelogue/memoir/cookbook written about a Canadian couple's adventure sailing, hiking through the Caribbean, meeting the natives, eating and cooking their food...added BONUS. The food actually was a conversation starter and helped them form great bonds with the people of the land. I totally dug that. After cruising through the book and seeing the recipes at the end of each chapter, I found myself wanting to make an attempt at trying to cook, too! In fact, the lemon bar recipe is similar to my Irish mother's and mine is not too shabby either. I always LOVE it when a book takes me away to a place I've never been and stimulates all of my senses with a smile. This book achieves that and now I need to have an American mid life crisis and sail to the Caribbean! First I need a boat! ;)

  • Debbie Boucher
    2019-03-19 12:53

    A parent at school recommended this book to me. I enjoyed the cultural parts about Trinidad and the recipes. In fact, I actually feel inspired to make the trek to the Green Market in Santa Cruz tomorrow (a 40 minute car ride through the windy Northern Range) to find fresher produce than what is available at my neighborhood grocery store. So why didn't I rate this book higher? It glamorizes Trinidad and its food. The reality is most fruit and vegetables sold here have been imported, and that's even true at the central market, a place the author raves about. There's also way too much sugar and starch in Trini cooking, something the author choses to ignore as well. Give me Colombia, Argentina, or even Bolivia for fresh, tasty dishes. It's sad that Trinidad has abandoned agriculture in pursuit of petrodollars, and at some point in the future it could backfire.

  • Beth
    2019-03-25 13:54

    This would be more fun and beneficial if a person had Caribbean experience. I have none, yet I enjoyed the travels of this Canadian couple who ditched Toronto for life on their sailboat to learn all they could about food in "the islands". Lots of interesting recipes, although I'll pass on the roasted goat, thank you very much. I learned alot about spices in general, though and the recipes are very unusual in their native capacity!

  • Wendy Greenberg
    2019-04-03 14:38

    I loved Ann Vanderhoof's first book, An Embarrassment of Mangoes. This is in a similar vein - more recipes, more Caribbean customs, people, markets and life in the very different islands from St Vincent down to Trinidad. Beautifully atmospheric and a joy for any lover of the Caribbean and any that's me then!

  • Valerie Quinto
    2019-04-12 18:48

    I really enjoyed the first book of hers that I read, but because she talked a lot about sailing, I couldn't 100% relate. This one was even better, as the focus was squarely on food, and that's something I can relate to!

  • Krissy
    2019-03-31 19:35

    This book made me crave Caribbean food so much!

  • Amy
    2019-04-03 17:32

    Not as good as I remember her first book and Embarrassment of Mangos, but still an interesting read.

  • Stacy
    2019-03-27 12:53

    I received a complimentary copy of this newly published novel, an account of a middle-aged woman who takes off with her husband on a sailboat and cruises the Caribbean, exploring the culture, food and history of the places they encounter. “The Spice Necklace” is actually a second follow-up to her first book “An Embarrassment of Mangoes” which chronicled her first such sailing expedition. In this volume, Ann returns to visit some old friends, meets many new ones, and shares around 80 recipes for the delicious dishes she learns to prepare. Many feature the indigenous spices and ingredients: goat meat stewed with oregano and tomatoes, spice-infused chocolate cake, and dumpling-dotted “broths” (soups) filled with chunks of yam and plantain and swirled with coconut milk.From the Dominican Republic and Grenada, to Trinidad to Guadeloupe, Ann makes a pleasant travel companion and is always eager to discover the secrets of the locals. Light and laid-back (like the island people she meets), this novel makes a great summer read, or a fun read any time your mind wants to take a trip with food.The only bad part about reading this book is the potential to feel bitter that you are just an ordinary person with a job and stress and responsibilities while some people can apparently sail around paradise and eat good food for several years without having to worry about anything... :-) At least they were willing to share their experience.

  • May-Ling
    2019-03-29 14:33

    i think i actually give this one 3.5 stars. i chose a book by its cover with this one, finding it at the library with a bunch of other wanderlust type books. the book chronicles a foodie freelancing couple that buys a boat and sails around the caribbean, eating the whole way. although they had a simple lifestyle, i couldn't get past the whole thing feeling a bit elitist to take so much time off and hang out with people all the time - perhaps i'm just jealous?i still loved hearing about the caribbean countries and found i am pretty ignorant about the area. hearing the details about each place made me feel closer to them. also, the author does a great job of dropping in historical type facts that feel completely enlightening. for example, i learned so much about the cashew and how it's poisonous. ever wonder why they are never sold in the shell? did you know it's attached to a fruit? get thee self to wikipedia and learn about this amazing nut!despite the fun tidbits, i wonder how much the couple actually contributes to the lives of the people they encounter. it seems like they continue relationships, but the whole experience feels a bit one-sided to me. the book includes a ton of recipes at the end of each chapter, but they all feel daunting to me, filled with spices i would never have on hand and sometimes with hours of preparation. they may only be good for the advanced cook with an adventurous palate...

  • Lisa James
    2019-03-27 17:54

    This book certainly works as a stand alone, even though it is actually the second installment of the story, which I didn't realize till I read the back inside cover :) It is a memoir, not a work of fiction, & I am so envious of their travels in the islands :) Makes me want to turn around, sell everything, buy a boat & travel :) It's a heartwarming book, full of fun & laughter. The RECIPES that conclude each chapter mostly look AMAZING!!!!People that like books about travel will enjoy this book, people who love books about the islands will enjoy this book, people who like history will enjoy this book, because you do get bits of the histories of the islands thrown in along the way, which I found fascinating as well. People who like Jimmy Buffett books will definitely enjoy this book. Oh, & COOKS will love this book because it will give them all sorts of new things to try!!!Now I am going to hit up the bookstores to find the FIRST book that she wrote, An Embarrassment of Mangoes :)

  • Brian
    2019-04-19 16:44

    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.

  • Will
    2019-04-17 11:41

    If this was a travel log I would give it 2 stars... I biography 2 stars... a cookbook 4 stars.This book is a little of all of the above and more than a little too long and maybe I have a little jealous streak that also got to me in this book.It's about a Canadian couple who sail away not once but twice for years at a time to the Caribbean.Must be nice to be able to drop your life and sail away to "paradise".They don't do a lot o staying at the finest hotels and eating at the finest places, if anything they get to know the locals, befriend them, and truly experience the different cultures of each island.While their experiences are great for them, it was way too much to need 450 pages to tell. Even though each chapter ends with a bunch of good recipes, some of which I have tried and already enjoyed.... it was just too much.I picked it up at a library book sale where there were about 10 copies of this book on the table... after reading it I understand why.

  • Christina
    2019-03-27 13:56

    Part travel book, part cookbook. I normally love all things travel and all things food, but this book did NOTHING for me. I read the first 50 pages or so, then from that point just skimmed through the remainder of the book . Its one of those situations where your travel stories seem so much more interesting to you than to everyone else... The author's adventures were, I'm sure fascinating to HER but to me it read like was like viewing hours of someone else's vacation photos lol. I didn't even care for the recipes..and I love to cook all sorts of food from many cultures, inculding carribean. Honestly, I cannot think of one person I would recommend this book to. Thankful I got it from the library and didn't purchase it.

  • Delta
    2019-03-29 11:43

    I wasn't totally sure what kind of book this would be, but I really enjoyed reading it. Vanderhoof's description of the local culture was engaging and I often felt like I was traveling the islands with her. I felt the transitions between topics were smooth and the historical points were interesting. At first, the recipes seemed too difficult to make for an inept cook, like me, but after a second read it was obvious that Vanderhoof was destined to make complex recipes sound reasonably simple. Her notes on where an dhow to find specific ingredients are also very helpful. I would recommend this to anyone that is interested in the Caribbean as a starting point. This is not to be confused with a complete history of the Islands, their culture, or their food.A nice summer read.

  • Fran
    2019-03-20 19:49

    From the moment I opened this book - part travelogue, part cookbook, part memoir - I loved it. As with "An Embarrassment of Mangoes", Ann Vanderhoof delights with evocative writing that draws you in and becomes part of your soul. You feel the heat of the Caribbean sun in your bones, you taste the spicy goodness of the Creole food, you hear the sounds of the steelpan orchestras, just as if you were there with Ann and her husband, Steve, sailing around the islands. Ann is living a life of which most of us will only dream, having taken the leap of faith required to let go of the land and become a sea nomad. This is highly inspirational writing - you may find yourself in the right state of mind to make YOUR dreams a reality. Or at least to try some new recipes and ingredients!

  • Mary
    2019-04-02 16:50

    Honestly, I didn't expect this book to be as interesting and funny as it turned out to be. And perhaps it's because I read it in the dead of winter in Montana, that I found it so refreshing and engaging...but I really think it is, all on its own. I love that there are recipes! Not that I'll ever be able to make them, mind you, but I cherish the idea that if I were ever to obtain plantains that I could whip up some mouth-watering entrees....I'm glad I bought it, rather than "rented" it from the library, because now, whenever I need a little dose of the islands, with a dash of humor and a sprinkle of history, I can pull The Spice Necklace off my shelf!

  • Merreh65
    2019-04-09 19:51

    A book to read chapter by chapter trying some of the recipes as you go along. It gave me great insight into why my son and his wife have stayed in the Caribbean for so long. The life style there is laid back with great emphasis on people, food and community. Ann and her husband were embraced by the locals as their sailed around--they wisely made their interest in local food the stepping stone into each place they visited. Along the way they made lifelong friends. The generosity of people who have very little to give was a reminder of what is truly important as we journey through this world. Some grest recipes, too!

  • Drew
    2019-03-22 18:31

    Overall this book was a very good read. Not only did I buy this for the story but the many recipes included in it. I tried a couple from the author’s first book and they came out great. That being said the book did seem to get a bit repetitive towards the end. Unlike An Embarrassment of Mangos, where in the first book each adventure seemed fresh and fun, Ann and Steve seem to be doing the same thing at each stop. Meet someone, sit in a kitchen for a while it just seemed to wear a bit thin by the end, but if you're really into food its right up your alley. Overall though it was entertaining and gave me some more places visit when I hit the lottery and buy a boat!

  • Heather
    2019-04-13 12:35

    This is the second of Ann's books about her adventures sailing through the Carribeans. Because I had so recently read the first book, I was excpecting the second to be written as well or better. I liked this second book but it just felt like she left out all of the sailing parts and life on the boat and instead focused on cooking on the islands. So, was not what I expected. It felt choppy, in that she would jump from cooking story to cooking story without the adventure between. Very jumbled, especially compared to her first. I think she would have done better to make this into a full cookbook with side stories to go with the dishes.

  • Karen
    2019-03-20 13:49

    Ann Vanderhoof and her husband Steve take long-term journeys on their sailboat Receta around the Eastern Caribbean Islands to learn about the cuisine, particularly the spices. The locals are happy to show how they use the spices, and as a result many friendships are made. We learn about nutmeg and cinnamon, oregano eating goats, Rum, and chocolate tasting. She also includes a plethora of recipes, which I plan to try. There are chapters on Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, and the Dominican Republic.Highly recommend if you like books about food.

  • Pam
    2019-04-17 13:36

    I think if I met this author in person and got to know her, I would not like her. She doesn't even know she is being snobby and condescending. It might be fun to hear the story from the side of the people she is talking about. She seems to assume they are going to fall down all over themselves to explain things to her..."wash the fish with the lime..." I'd love to hear how THEY tell the story.And once in a while she throws in the word "shit", like an aging grand-parent who has forgotten social norms. No, not a fun travel or cook-book for me.