Islas: A Celebration of Tropical Cooking―125 Recipes from the Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific Ocean Islands by Von Diaz

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  • ISBN 10 1797215248
  • ISBN 13 9781797215242
  • Published Mar 12 2024
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 304
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Chronicle Books

Publishers Text

More than 125 recipes and intimate stories that exemplify the food and history of the island nations of the Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans, organized by ancestral techniques. Presented by Von Diaz through her personal family history and tireless research.

The islands spanning the Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific oceans are remarkable places, sharing dozens of ingredients and cooking techniques, including marinating, pickling + fermentation, braising + stewing, frying, grilling + smoking, and steaming + in-ground roasting. Bold flavors drip from the edges of each dish—tastes that represent stories of resistance, persistence, and wisdom passed down from generation to generation.

This narrative cookbook by writer, documentary producer, and author Von Diaz, travels across oceans and nations to uplift the shared ancestral cooking techniques of these islands in more than 125 recipes, including intimate profiles of the historical context of each technique, stories from islanders, and step-by-step guides for recreating them at home.

Recipes include: Coco Bread from Jamaica Arroz Con Jueyes (Stewed Crab Rice) from Puerto Rico Masikita (Papaya-Marinated Beef Skewer) from Madagascar Bebek Betutu (Roasted Duck in Banana Leaf) from Indonesia Lechon Kawali (Crispy Fried Pork Belly) from the Philippines

Bright citrus and vinegars, verdant herbs, slow-cooked and smoky grilled meats, fresh seafood, aromatic rice, and earthy root vegetables: These flavors, found in the meals and recipes across these island nations pair remarkably well together, despite distance and cultural differences. The ingredients and deep-rooted cooking techniques in each of these recipes typify the harmonious, synchronous spirit found in each culture's unique cuisines. Even amid environmental chaos and food insecurity, islanders cook in ways that are soul-nourishing and flavorful.

Islas is about preserving the wisdom, values, and resilience of the people who live in some of the most volatile, vulnerable places on this planet. Each recipe, an archive of strategies for persistence, creativity, and ingenuity, provides a path for cooking delicious food. But above all, these stories and recipes acknowledge that cooking delicious food for others is always a selfless act.

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