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An Embarrassment of Mangoes by Ann Vanderhoof

An Embarrassment of Mangoes

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A two-year mid-life interlude of riches, sailing round the Caribbean


An Embarrassment of Mangoes by Ann Vanderhoof

Who hasn't fantasized about leaving the day job, saying goodbye to the rat race and escaping to some exotic destination in search of sun, sand, and a different way of life? Ann Vanderhoof and her husband did just that.

In the mid-1990s they were driven, forty-something professionals, desperate for a break from their deadline-dominated lives. So they left their jobs, rented out their house, moved onto a yacht and set sail from their home in Canada for the Caribbean. In the next two years the couple travelled over 7,000 nautical miles, dropped anchor in 16 countries (and 47 islands), and adapted to life on 'island time'. Exchanging suits for bare feet, they became caught up in a world that was simpler and more exuberant.

They explored secluded beaches, danced through the streets during Carnival, learned to pull their dinner from the sea and create delectable dishes in their tiny kitchen. Interspersed with irresistible recipes, from cracked conch in the Bahamas to curried lobster in Grenada, An Embarrassment of Mangoes is Ann Vanderhoof's enticing story of discovering not just vibrant new cultures and cuisines, but what really matters most.


'Full of humour and writing at its best'

'Essential reading...A savoury and delicious book'

'This fun, engaging account of a trip of a lifetime should make readers hungry too'

About the Author

Ann Vanderhoof is an award-winning writer and editor. She lives with her husband, Steve Manley, in Toronto, with their yacht Receta berthed nearby on Lake Ontario.

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Publication date

3rd January 2005


Ann Vanderhoof

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