An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude

An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude

by Ann Vanderhoof
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An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude by Ann Vanderhoof

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780767914277
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 02/08/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 313,857
Product dimensions: 5.22(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Ann Vanderhoof is an award-winning writer and magazine and book editor whose work has appeared in publications in the U.S. and Canada. She lives with her husband, Steve Manley, in Toronto, with their sailboat Receta currently berthed nearby on Lake Ontario.

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An Embarrassment of Mangoes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must readif your a boater, foodie, or world traveler looking for an adventure.
BeasBuzz More than 1 year ago
An Embarrassment of Mangoes is a delightful, true story of an escape from everyday life. A couple walked away from their corporate lives in frosty Canada for a sailing adventure to the Caribbean. From figuring out how to finance their expedition, buying a sailboat, cramming their belongings onto the boat, the seasickness and finally--a dreamy island life--they shared it all. I first read this book a few years ago--it was so delightfully crafted and the subject so interesting that other travel books I've read since then have paled in comparison. I put this book on par with, "Under the Tuscan Sun."
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely fabulous! Packing up all of your belongings, leaving the hum-drum corporate life behind, and traveling the islands of the Caribbean! What more could a person want out of life! This book encapsulated all of the beauty that surrounds island life and leaves the reader craving for more. The visual descriptions of the meals they experience leave your mouth watering! Luckily, there are many of those same recipes scattered throughout the novel for your own enjoyment. This book is truly a jewel to be experienced by every travel buff (or for those who aspire to be)!!
TeachCO More than 1 year ago
I am so happy to review this book! I read it worlds ago, then again, and again, have purchased it for gifts, and those recipients have purchased it for gifts. It is witty and adventurous, and a must read even armchair travelers.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this I almost want to travel around the islands on a sailboat. But alas, I am a land lubber. The author, Ann, is easy to love. Makes one want to fish and swim and visit the Caribbean.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book about escaping the workaholic lifestyle and discovering what is truly important in life.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
What a fabulous adventure...about which many of us fantasize! This is a great little book in the genre of 'A Year in Provence' being equal parts a travelogue, an adventure story, and a cookbook. Nice snippets of history, geography, meteorology, and seamanship. I shared the author's sorrow upon her return to the 'real' world. Nice map. Some color photos would have been a great addition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While sailing around the world myself I read this book and couldn't have been less surprised. In typical cruising literature style the author gushes on and on about how wonderful everything (and I mean everything) is. And then goes on to bore us to tears describing meals for pages and pages. Adventure? Please.