The Art and Soul of Haitian Cooking by The Haitian Institute

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Isabelle Fassinou

The Art and Soul of Haitian Cooking by The Haitian Institute

Post by Isabelle Fassinou » Wed Oct 03, 2007 7:02 pm

The Haitian Institute of Washington, D.C. is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of Haitian culture and society. It is not affiliated with any government, or any political party or movement. Proceeds from the sale of this cookbook are used for the Institute's charitable activities in both the U.S. and in Haiti.

The book - "Art and Soul of Haitian Cooking" is more than just a cookbook; it is a 264-page, hardbound reflection of the flavor and spirit of a people. A partner in The Electric Gallery, Tania Beckham, is one of the four authors. In addition to hundreds of authentic recipes, it includes a cornucopia of Haitian proverbs, and is richly illustrated with Haitian art from our gallery. Our cookbook was first place winner in the Morris Cookbook Awards for 2002, and is now in its third printing.


When a Haitian woman excels at cooking, it is said "Li gen dis dwet li" or, she has her ten fingers. In other words, she knows her way around a kitchen. The Haitian Institute is proud to present The Art & Soul of Haitian Cooking, a selection of popular and typical recipes, which will undoubtedly help you find your way around the kitchen, too. The recipes in this book truly reflect the rich heritage and cultural diversity of Haitian cooking. Most of them are easy to prepare and combine great taste with health ingredients.

"...I have tried several Haitian cookbooks but this one outshines them all by far...comes closeest to capturing the kindo of food one finds in Haiti today, both the ordinary and the gourmet. The recipes are clear and mostly simple and requirements for exotic ingredients are minimal..."

— Madison Smartt Bell
All Souls Rising, Master of the Crossroads and
The Stone the Builder Refused

Awarded First Prize in the 2002 Morris Cookbook Contest, The Art and Soul of Haitian Cooking received consistently high marks from judges for the originality and appeal of its cover, as well as the variety of interesting recipes. Judges noted that this was a refreshingly different cookbook... . "For people less familiar with Haitian culture, this cookbook is educational as well."

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