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ENTERTAINMENT PASATIEMPO

Book review Reseña del libro FOODS, FICTION AND THE ARTS IN THE CARIBBEAN AND LATIN WORLDS - EACH PROVIDES A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION FOR THESE AUTHORS OF RECENT BOOKS IN BOTH FICTION AND NON-FICTION. BY HAL PEAT

PEACEKEEPING Mischa Berlinski [Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar Strauss Giroux, 2016]

ZIGGY MARLEY AND FAMILY COOKBOOK Ziggy Marley [Akashic Books, 2016]

CUBA: A HISTORY IN ART Gary R. Libby [University of Florida Press, 2016]

As the narrator comments towards the end of this vibrant, darkly humorous but ultimately tragic tale: "I learned in Haiti that stories, if not a necessity, are not a luxury either." So it is that both the imaginary and the real together come to shape the course of the lives of a collection of very different figures in this novel of contemporary Haiti, set in the period just before its horrendous earthquake.

"I am an advocate of sustainable, organic foods and transparent labeling on food packaging," states author/musical artist/organic foods entrepreneur Ziggy Marley in the introduction to this new cookbook based on the diverse natural ingredients of his home island of Jamaica.

A newly revised edition of an illustrated historical selection of Cuban art stretching from Spanish colonial times into the republican period up to the revolution, this book is an essential account not only for art lovers but culturally aware travelers to Cuba in general. Indeed, not only its illustrations but also the accompanying narrative provides the historical insight that makes Cuba: A History in Art altogether an incredible journey through the Cuban past as expressed for all time by its finest artists.

I learned in Haiti that stories, if not a necessity, are not a luxury either Main character Terry White, a former Florida law officer, takes a job with the UN to support the local Haitian police. There he befriends a brilliant young judge, Johel Célestin, who in turn decides to challenge a corrupt but determined senator, Maxim Bayard, for his political seat. Complicating matters, White becomes involved with Célestin's troubled yet enchanting wife. Deeply empathetic in its observation of the Haitian human landscape, Berlinski's novel engages the reader with characters as memorable for their moments of nobility as for their all too human flaws. Both island and people come alive in this broad but also personal canvas that leave us understanding much and then again wanting to understand even more.

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Growing up with an early awareness of both traditional Jamaican food and the natural 'Ital' dishes of his own family's Rastafari culture, Marley delivers a book full of flavors that appeal to the taste buds but also to clean eating. This is all reflected in the fifty-four recipes suggested - many with eye-catching images of the final dish, and organized by meal time - or as he calls it, 'Rise', 'All Day', 'Midday', 'Evening' and 'Sweets'. The recipes and ideas are a collaborative effort - with frequent input from Ziggy's wife Orly, sister Karen, and renowned chefs Bruce Sherman, Ben Ford, Leonie McDonald and Ricardo A. Rodriguez. Nowadays, many if not all the ingredients and staples needed to create these in your own kitchen are widely available throughout North America and Europe, and there are also plenty of classics here ranging from 'Rice and Peas' to 'Jerk Chicken' or 'Jamaican Dumplings' that are straightforward creations. When you have mastered these, move on to alluring dishes such as 'Coconut Curry Squash Soup' or 'Curry Escovitch'. There is truly something here for every adventurous and organic-conscious foodie from the Marley family kitchen.

This full-color volume is the first to present many of the most important Cuban paintings in the collection of the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach. Featuring highlights on permanent exhibition, it includes landscapes, still lifes, portraits, genre and abstract works by the most important Cuban painters active between 1725 and 1959. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, these masters developed a unique tropical style based on European prototypes. After the First World War, Cuba blossomed with a new vision, full of the color and rhythms of a sophisticated modernism. This is all detailed in the essays by renowned art historians Gary Libby and Juan Martínez offer a general aesthetic, historical, social, and cultural overview of Cuban art. Especially interesting is the explanation of the convergence of cultural and political forces early in the twentieth century that made Havana and Cuba a center of modernism.

Insights #31  

InselAir's Inflight Magazine Published by One Media Group Curaçao

Insights #31  

InselAir's Inflight Magazine Published by One Media Group Curaçao

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