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Pig Tails 'n Breadfruit: A Culinary Memoir
     

Pig Tails 'n Breadfruit: A Culinary Memoir

by Austin Clarke
 

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ISBN-10: 1565845803

ISBN-13: 9781565845800

Pub. Date: 04/28/2000

Publisher: New Press, The

Praised as “masterful” by the New York Times and “uncommonly talented” by Publishers Weekly and winner of the 1999 Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award, Austin Clarke has a distinguished reputation as one of the preeminent Caribbean writers of our time. In Pig Tails ’n Breadfruit, he has created a tantalizing

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Praised as “masterful” by the New York Times and “uncommonly talented” by Publishers Weekly and winner of the 1999 Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award, Austin Clarke has a distinguished reputation as one of the preeminent Caribbean writers of our time. In Pig Tails ’n Breadfruit, he has created a tantalizing “culinary memoir” of his childhood in Barbados. Clarke describes how he learned traditional Bajan cooking—food with origins in the days of slavery, hardship, and economic grief—by listening to this mother, aunts, and cousins talking in the kitchen as they prepared each meal.

Pig Tails ’n Breadfruit is not a recipe book; rather, each chapter is devoted to a detailed description of the ritual surrounding the preparation of a particular native dish—Oxtails with Mushrooms, Smoked Ham Hocks with Lima Beans, or Breadfruit Cou-Cou with Braising Beef. Cooking here, as in Clarke’s home, is based not on precise measurements, but on trial and error, taste and touch. As a result, the process becomes utterly sensual, and the author’s exquisite language artfully translates sense into words, creating a rich and intoxicating personal memoir.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565845800
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Bakes42
Privilege54
Dryfood67
Smoked Ham Hocks with Lima Beans, Pig Tails and Rice78
King-Fish and White Rice92
Meal-Corn Cou-Cou100
Breadfruit Cou-Cou with Braising Beef113
Killing a Pig to Make Pork Chops with Onions and Sweet Peppers126
Souse (but no black pudding)147
Split-Pea Soup164
Pepperpot173
Pelau191
Oxtails with Mushrooms and Rice196
Chicken Austintatious210
Omelette (made with sardines)227
Drinking Food238
Frozen in Time 245

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