Vasciannie Hails New Caribbean Cookbook
SUNDAY, 06 OCTOBER 2013 16:32
Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States (US), His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, has hailed the publication of a new Caribbean cookbook by retired international public servant, Dorel Callender, noting that it offers unique glimpses into the region and its people.
He said the book, entitled: ‘A Caribbean Mom’s Table’, links cuisine with social, cultural, and other aspects of the region’s history and development. (Image Credit; untreaty.un.org)
He was speaking at the book’s launch yesterday (October 3), at the Columbus Memorial Library at the Organization of American States (OAS) headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The publication by the Jamaican-born Callendar, an OAS retiree, contains approximately 200 traditional and modern Caribbean dishes and beverages. It presents a wide array of delectable multi-cultural dishes enjoyed by peoples of the region and beyond, including historical factors that have influenced cooking methods.
Ms. Callender said the book’s purpose is to preserve Caribbean cuisine and help pass on this aspect of the region’s culture to the younger generation.
She said it contains centuries-old traditional Caribbean dishes, some dating back to the region’s indigenous peoples, as well as African slaves, combined with the use of 21st century cooking techniques and facilities to offer an array of new modern dishes.
Dorel Callender is a career public servant, serving both nationally and internationally. She worked for the Governments of Canada and Jamaica and headed the first Economic Division of Jamaica’s Foreign Ministry.
She also represented the government in numerous international meetings and events and was the first woman to serve on the Board of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
While serving as advisor to the OAS Secretary General for 15 years, she coordinated that institution’s assistance to the Caribbean.
The book launch was attended by members of the diplomatic corps, Permanent Representatives to the OAS, nationals from various Caribbean countries, Canada, and the US.
Reported by: DERRICK SCOTT