My Island Kitchen (US Virgin Islands)


By Erva Boulton, self-published, 1969. Out of print. Very hard to find. This is a remarkable book, a glimpse back in time. The late author first came to the Caribbean with her family as a small child in 1904 and then for the rest of her life on the U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix).

As a child, she first sampled such then-rare tropical fare as Plantain, Soursop (a nubby fruit with a creamy whiter center) Tannia (a starchy root like Yucca or cassava), Genip (sometimes called Spanish lime, Name (or yam), Chuchu (mirliton or chayote squash) and Mamey Apple (a citrus fruit whose flesh is reminiscent of an apricot. Of course there were mangoes, coconut, turtle. and conch, whelk, and all manner of fish. Talk about farm and ocean to table! She intersperses family reminisences and food discoveries with recipe and meal selections for fruit, meat and fish, vegetables, breads, soups and salads. Most recipes are forthright, simple and delicious.

Illustrated olive green front covers (probably by the author), black comb binding. Black and white illustrations at chapter heads,73 pages Condition: As New.

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