Yvette’s cookbook: St. Martin’s traditional and modern cuisine published

POSTED: 05/16/11 12:11 PM

St. Maarten – From Yvette’s Kitchen to Your Table – A Treasury of St. Martin’s Traditional & Contemporary Cuisine by Yvette Hyman has been released here by House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP). Author Yvette Hyman and husband Felix are the proprietors of the popular Yvette’s Restaurant in her native district of French Quarter, St. Martin.
The new hardcover book is made up of 13 chapters, including Appetizers, Soups, Poultry, Fish and Shellfish, Meat, Salads, Dumplings, Rice and Fungi, Breads, and Desserts.

The book’s 312 colorful pages include 200 recipes for St. Martin classic favorites such as souse, Johnny cake, Conch Yvette’s, lamb stew, coconut tart, guavaberry and soursop drink.
“This cookbook is an important and outstanding acknowledgement of Chef Yvette Hyman’s committed service to the culinary development of St. Martin,” nutritionist Gloria Ferris-Bell said.
The posthumous title has been in the making since 1989. HNP’s projects director Lasana Sekou approached Hyman over 20 years ago about publishing her recipes as a book of St. Martin’s cuisine and an aspect of cultural heritage.
Jacqueline Sample served as editor on the manuscript since 1992 when Yvette gave HNP her collection of recipes, which were typed by Verna Richards. Sample met with Yvette several times to discuss and test recipes before the popular chef passed away in 1999.
Between 2007 and 2009, Sample met with Yvette’s widower Chef Felix Hyman and daughter and cooking instructor Jewel Daal to discuss and detail recipes.
“All through the years Lasana would not let the project die even when funding proposals were turned down or when funds were nowhere to be found. When AMFO accepted an HNP publishing proposal in 2006 the cookbook project picked up speed,” Sample said.
In 2009, the Collectivity provided an added cultural sponsorship.
“The dedication of the Collectivity’s Culture Department head Minerva Dormoy and the commitment of her director and President Gumbs, were very critical to reaching the quality level of the project conclusion,” Sample said.

The book’s beautiful design by Angelo and Gina Rombley includes photographs of actual dishes and drinks, both traditional and those developed by Yvette. From Yvette’s Kitchen is already available at amazon.com and will be in bookstores soon.

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