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Seven Jamaican authors will be among 15 Caribbean writers who will participate in the 23rd annual Miami International Book Fair, beginning on Sunday, November 12, at the Miami Dade College campus, in downtown Miami.
For several years, Jamaican authors have been participating in the annual one-week literary street fair, featuring nearly 400 international authors.
Among the Jamaican authors making presentations this year will be Florida resident and restaurateur, Dorette Darby, who will be showcasing her first book, ‘Tropical Palate – Taste of Jamaica’, a 52-page compilation of favourite Jamaican recipes with accompanying photographs.
In contrast to the several exotic cookbooks on the market, Miss Darby indicated that her special recipes “emphasize the exotic and delicious Caribbean fruits, vegetables and spices that give our dishes their unparalleled taste and sensuality”.
She will be among several authors demonstrating culinary traditions at the new World Art Gallery from November 16 to 19.
In an interview with JIS News, she spoke of her enthusiasm for cooking since childhood, having been brought up on farmlands in rural St. Elizabeth. As a young girl, she would experiment with recipes using farm crops, a variety of native fruits, food produce and vegetables to create delectables.
Miss Darby was encouraged to write the cookbook by her network of friends and families, so that others could enjoy her special cuisine.
Currently, she is working on a second edition. This edition will cover more research into Caribbean food similarities. The line-up of other Jamaican authors include, Colin Channer, Marlon James, Geoffrey Philp, Pamela Mordecai, Donna Weir-Soley and Lorna Goodison. They will present literary pieces at the Caribbean Voices section of the Book Fair on November 18.