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The Food of Paradise: Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage (A Kolowalu Book)
by Rachel Laudan (Goodreads Author)
Hawaii has one of the richest culinary heritages in the United States. Where else would you find competitions for the best saimin, sushi, Portuguese sausage, laulau, plate lunch, kim chee, dim sum, shave ice, and hamburgers? Hawaii's contemporary regional cuisine (affectionately known as Local Food by residents) is a truly amazing fusion of diverse culinary influences. In ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by University of Hawai'i Press
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I picked this book up at the gift shop at 'Iolani Palace. It was kind of expensive ($33), but it was the last copy and looked really interesting. Not to mention it won a Julia Child Cookbook Award. To say this book is only a cookbook, though, would be a big mistake. It should almost be classified as a history book. It tells the history of Hawaii through the history of its food. It seems to be a really well researched book that has chapters on how the Polynesians, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, K ...more
Part history, part anthropology, part culinary - this is my kind of book. In fact, it's one of my favorite cookbooks ever, and not just because it reminds me of Hawaii. I often use cookbooks as guidebooks when I travel, because I like to understand the culinary history of the places I go. I used this book on a recent trip to Hawaii - sure, the beaches are stunning in Hawaii - but my lord, the food! It's amazing. Hawaii's food is so fascinating - it i an amalgam of so many different cultures and ...more