The Food of Paradise Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage

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The Food of Paradise Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage Kolowalu Books Paperback Part history part anthropology part culinary this is my kind of book In fact it's one of my favorite cookbooks ever and not just because it reminds me of Hawaii I often use cookbooks as guidebooks when I travel because I like to understand the culinary history of the places I go I used this book on a recent trip to Hawaii sure the beaches are stunning in Hawaii but my lord the food It's amazing Hawaii's food is so fascinating it i an amalgam of so many different cultures and their uniue roles in Hawaii's history Rachel Laudan really captures this in her book and I can't get enough of it Can you tell I heart Hawaii I really do I am really enjoying this book Both a great cookbook and a great description of the combination of cultures that created Hawai`i's amazing cuisine I picked this book up at the gift shop at 'Iolani Palace It was kind of expensive 33 but it was the last copy and looked really interesting Not to mention it won a Julia Child Cookbook Award To say this book is only a cookbook though would be a big mistake It should almost be classified as a history book It tells the history of Hawaii through the history of its food It seems to be a really well researched book that has chapters on how the Polynesians Chinese Japanese Portuguese Korean Filipinos Okinawans Puerto Ricans various Southeast Asian peoples and Caucasians haoles brought together their culinary traditions Each chapter has easy to read narrative telling stories on the different cultures and food and then each ends with several recipes for the food that was talked about in that chapter Recent winner of a prestigious award from the Julia Child Cookbook Awards presented by the International Association of Culinary Professionals Lauden was given the 1997 Jane Grigson Award presented to the book that than any other entered in the competition exemplifies distinguished scholarshipHawaii has one of the richest culinary heritages in the United States Its contemporary regional cuisine known as local food by residents is a truly amazing fusion of diverse culinary influences Rachel Laudan takes readers on a thoughtful wide ranging tour of Hawaii's farms and gardens fish auctions and vegetable markets fairs and carnivals mom and pop stores and lunch wagons to uncover the delightful complexities and incongruities in Hawaii's culinary historyMore than 150 recipes photographs a bibliography of Hawaii's cookbooks and an extensive glossary make The Food of Paradise an invaluable resource for cooks food historians and Hawaiiana buffs

  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • The Food of Paradise Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage Kolowalu Books Paperback
  • Rachel Laudan
  • English
  • 13 February 2016
  • 9780824817787