V.I. (Virgin Islands) Cuisine with Ivan and Christine!


by Doris and Ivan Jadan (Zhadan), Mooshka Press, V.I., 2001 revised edition of the 1973 publication. Soft covers, comb binding, 101 pages, b&w photos of contributors and V.I. children throughout.

This cookbook is truly fascinating and authentic as well. In it you'll find amazing Virgin Islands/St. John specialties such as Goutu Gumbo, Anchovied Angelfish, Wilks and Rice and of course Salt Fish Cakes and Kallaloo. The authors were not born in the Virgin Islands, but made their home there for many decades, and embraced the indigenous cuisine wholeheartedly..

Ivan Jadan, from 1928 onward a major opera star in Russia, was an unlikely resident. He was the first major artist dissident to escape Stalin's terror in 1941, and reach the U.S. eight years later. He also survived an assassination attempt while in New York City in 1949. His wife's introduction (in the original, earlier edition only) explains further:

"Former Premier Lyric Tenor of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow (1928-1941), Ivan Jadan does, in fact, sing for his suppers on St. John in and around the cook house where these suppers are prepared. How he came to the Virgin Islands in 1955 is an opera in four acts and this is only meant to be a cook book... Over the past 29 years on St. John, we have chopped, mixed, beaten, stirred, kneaded, stewed, sauteed, baked, fried, boiled, broiled, steamed, frozen, jelled -- in a word, cooked each of these recipes in our Cook House." Ivan Jadan died in 1995 at age 95. The earlier version of this book is also listed in this section as Virgin Islands Cook House Cooking

Many of these recipes first appeared during in the '60s and '70s in the Jadan's food column in The Daily News of the Virgin Islands. Very hard to find. VG+.

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