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Book Title: My Key West Kitchen: Recipes and Stories|
The author of the book: Norman Van Aken
Edition: Kyle Cathie Limited
Date of issue: November 16th 2012
ISBN 13: 9781906868758
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 7.3
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I lived in Key West for nearly a decade. I met and married my late-husband there. I grew up there in a way post-college at 21 years old. I ate at Louie's Backyard often and many other of the best dining establishments Key West had to offer.
That said I totally do not get this book (although it is very nicely photographed and laid out). It doesn't seem like the Key West I knew at all. I was afraid I'd get a really homesick feeling while reading it but I did not, which has been true of so many books about Key West that I have read over the years since I have lived away from the island.
I did have the best wings ever at the Full Moon Saloon, which was down the street from my second house in Key West. The best conch fitters and potato salad were at Margaritaville. The best Cuban food (also right up the street from where we lived) was at El Siboney. Louie's Backyard was incredible (but way over-priced) and there were some truly exceptional restaurants like Savannah that came and went in the time I lived there.
This book does not reflect the food and tastes that I associate with Key West. I found it incredibly disappointing the way I always find writing about Key West disappointing. It never truly captures the uniqueness of the place. It is really a place that needs to be experienced to be understood and not as a tourist either.
Van Aken was not a tourist, he was a transplanted local, yet whatever his experience of Key West was (with his wife and family), it was a far cry from my own. I was also very much a part of the local scene since I worked for all the newspapers and wrote restaurant reviews while my husband played music in all the bars on Duval Street.
It is amazing to me that two people who lived at the same time on a five mile stretch of island could have so little in common with living in the same place but such is Key West. It is different for everyone.
The book did not speak to me. The recipes were not Key Westish to me (and some not even Floridian). I can safely say there was nothing in this cookbook I was interested in preparing but I give it three stars because Key West and indeed some of the places Van Aken worked is a part of my history.
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Read information about the authorNorman Van Aken is known as the founding father of New World Cuisine, a celebration of Latin, Caribbean, Asian, African, and American flavors. He is also known internationally for introducing the concept of “Fusion” to the culinary world. Van Aken is the only Floridian inducted into the prestigious James Beard “Who’s Who in American Food and Beverage”; his restaurant, Norman’s, was nominated as a finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Restaurant in America.”
He has also been a James Beard Foundation semi-finalist for “Best Chef in America.” Van Aken has published five cookbooks: Feast of Sunlight, The Exotic Fruit Book, Norman’s New World Cuisine, New World Kitchen, and My Key West Kitchen (with Justin Van Aken). He lives in Miami, Florida.
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