At this time of much excitement and anticipation (on my part) due to my soon-to-be-published cookbook "From Soup to Nuts", it is heartwarming and, yes, very gratifying, to see my original little cookbook effort, "Tropical Taste" (c) 2001, is still selling (and receiving 5 star reviews) after so many years!
"Tropical Taste" is a collection of three years worth of articles with recipes originally published in the Hamakua Times newspaper of Honoka'a.
Those articles were my very first attempt at food writing and the story behind it is kind of funny.
In early 1999 my son was reading a small monthly newspaper published in a nearby town and noticed they did not have a food column, so he called the publisher and asked if they would like to have someone write regular food columns for them. The publisher replied that they would love it, but could not afford to pay a columnist, but they would be glad to promote our business (the Inn/B&B/ cooking school we owned at the time)...next thing I knew, my son was telling me I had to write articles about food for a newspaper...
Mind you, the only writing I had done up till then was putting together a newsletter for my previous business on the mainland and another for our little Village Association.
After picking my jaw off the floor and getting a bit more feedback from him, I decided to write about what I knew best and that was tropical fruits (I was born in Cuba where I grew up with many of the same fruits we have in Hawai'i) and I chose the guava for the first article.
The first article appeared in the May 1999 issue of the newspaper and except for a couple of small breaks, I have been writing monthly articles for the Hamakua Times ever since!
The title of the first article was Stalking the Wild Guava - Part I and the recipes included were Guava Shells in Syrup, Guava Marmalade and Uses for Thin Guava Marmalade.
The next month's article was Stalking the Wild Guava - Part II and included Frozen Guava Mousse and Guava Upside-Down Cake.
In subsequent months I wrote about mangoes then avocadoes, chayote, and carambolas (starfruit), and as I gained more confidence and started hearing back from readers I started venturing into learning more and sharing what I was learning about fruits and veggies with uses that were fairly new-to-me; liliko'i (passion fruit) 'ulu (breadfruit), macadamia nuts, taro... and here I still am!
To read the last 8 years worth of Tropical Taste articles in the Hamakua Times, click on:
then click on Monthly Columns and Tropical Taste is at the top of the list. Scroll through the current last three articles and find the list going all the way back to January 2009.
To order copies of Tropical Taste you can find them on Amazon - some people are selling copies for much more than they're worth, so be sure to order them from me - seller cubanwahine
Now I have a new cookbook just on the brink of being published; "From Soup to Nuts" is already available for pre-orders and should be available to ship around the first week of May!
To find out more about it and to pre-order, please click on: