Yvette’s cookbook is a 2011 bestsellerPOSTED: 08/1/11 1:30 PM
St. Maarten – From Yvette’s Kitchen to Your Table – A Treasury of St. Martin’s Traditional & Contemporary Cuisine by Yvette Hyman has sold out. In a record seven weeks after its June 2011 release here, less than 80 copies of the cookbook are left in bookstores and with the author’s family representatives charged with distribution. The decision on whether to reprint a new batch of From Yvette’s Kitchen lies with the family of the late award-winning chef, said the publisher.
“We are very thankful to the people of St. Martin for embracing Yvette’s cookbook. The visitors to our island also bought many copies of this beautifully designed book of the nation’s cuisine,” House of Nehesi Publishers president Jacqueline Sample said.
From Yvette’s Kitchen is made up of 13 chapters, including Appetizers, Soups, Poultry, Fish and Shellfish, Meat, Salads, Dumplings, Rice and Fungi, Breads, and Desserts. The 312-page full color book includes recipes for Souse, the ever-popular Johnny cake, and Conch Yvette’s. Lamb stew, coconut tart, guavaberry, and soursop drink are also among the over 200 recipes à la Yvette in this Treasury of St. Martin’s Traditional & Contemporary Cuisine.
“We hope that this cookbook’s success also adds to the indicator of the performance and importance of books published in the Caribbean,” Sample said.
The other HNP book that sold out in such a short time was the 1989 poetry collection Golden Voices of S’maatin. That first title by Ruby Bute had sold out in about three months and has since been reprinted.