An Embarrassment of Mangoes

An Embarrassment of Mangoes

A Caribbean Interlude

eBook - 2003
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Under the Tuscan Sun meets the wide-open sea . . . An Embarrassment of Mangoes is a delicious chronicle of leaving the type-A lifestyle behind -- and discovering the seductive secrets of life in the Caribbean.

Who hasn’t fantasized about chucking the job, saying goodbye to the rat race, and escaping to some exotic destination in search of sun, sand, and a different way of life? Canadians Ann Vanderhoof and her husband, Steve did just that.

In the mid 1990s, they were driven, forty-something professionals who were desperate for a break from their deadline-dominated, career-defined lives. So they quit their jobs, rented out their house, moved onto a 42-foot sailboat called Receta (“recipe,” in Spanish), and set sail for the Caribbean on a two-year voyage of culinary and cultural discovery.

In lavish detail that will have you packing your swimsuit and dashing for the airport, Vanderhoof describes the sun-drenched landscapes, enchanting characters and mouthwatering tastes that season their new lifestyle. Come along for the ride and be seduced by Caribbean rhythms as she and Steve sip rum with their island neighbors, hike lush rain forests, pull their supper out of the sea, and adapt to life on “island time.”

Exchanging business clothes for bare feet, they drop anchor in 16 countries -- 47 individual islands -- where they explore secluded beaches and shop lively local markets. Along the way, Ann records the delectable dishes they encounter -- from cracked conch in the Bahamas to curried lobster in Grenada, from Dominican papaya salsa to classic West Indian rum punch -- and incorporates these enticing recipes into the text so that readers can participate in the adventure.

Almost as good as making the journey itself, An Embarrassment of Mangoes is an intimate account that conjures all the irresistible beauty and bounty from the Bahamas to Trinidad -- and just may compel you to make a rash decision that will land you in paradise.


From the Hardcover edition.

Baker & Taylor
Describes how the author and her husband, two fortysomething professionals, quit their stressful careers, rented out their house, and embarked on a two-year voyage around the Caribbean aboard a forty-two-foot sailboat called Receta and details the colorful landscapes, characters, food, and experiences they encountered along the way.

Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2003
ISBN: 9780307375148
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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loribetho
Apr 12, 2012

I enjoyed 'armchair' travelling with this author and learning what it would be like to take a long sailing trip. As much as I admire and envy her adventure, it taught me that the work involved in a solo sailing trip is not for the faint-hearted! I will stick to backpacking.

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The_Bill
Jun 07, 2010

This is a decent read. It's the kind of thing that inspires/justifies a mid-life crisis, as the reader hears all about the two-year sailing trip that a professional, workaholic couple from Toronto take to the Caribbean.

Unlike most travelogues, though, the narrator is neither particularly wise nor very charming - so unlike something by, say, Michael Palin or Ernest Hemingway, we have to hear about the wondrous azure seas and the shining white beaches through the voice of a shrewish, chronically worried little sack of troubles named Ann Vanderhoof. This makes the narrative kind of funny, but only unintentionally, as a petty and timid character investigates a realm that is far more interesting, dangerous, and beautiful than she is.

All in all, I'd recommend it but with a huge caveat: you may find yourself irritated by this author!

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