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Pig Tails 'n Breadfruit

(1999)
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Praised as "masterful" by the New York Times and "uncommonly talented" by Publishers Weekly and winner of the 1999 Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award, Austin Clarke has a distinguished reputation as one of the preeminent Caribbean writers of our time. In Pig Tails 'n Breadfruit, he has created a tantalizing "culinary memoir" of his childhood in Barbados. Clarke describes how he learned traditional Bajan cooking - food with origins in the days of slavery, hardship, and economic grief - by listening to this mother, aunts, and cousins talking in the kitchen as they prepared each meal.

Pig Tails 'n Breadfruit is not a recipe book; rather, each chapter is devoted to a detailed description of the ritual surrounding the preparation of a particular native dish - Oxtails with Mushrooms, Smoked Ham Hocks with Lima Beans, or Breadfruit Cou-Cou with Braising Beef. Cooking here, as in Clarke's home, is based not on precise measurements, but on trial and error, taste and touch. As a result, the process becomes utterly sensual, and the author's exquisite language artfully translates sense into words, creating a rich and intoxicating personal memoir.

    

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Hardback Editions

January 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Pig Tails 'N Breadfruit: A Culinary Memoir
Author(s): Austin Clarke
ISBN: 1-56584-580-3 / 978-1-56584-580-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: The New Press
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1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: Pigs tails 'n breadfruit: Rituals of slave food : a Barbadian memoir
Author(s): Austin Clarke
ISBN: 0-679-30956-X / 978-0-679-30956-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Canada
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Paperback Editions

October 2000 : Paperback

Title: Pig Tails 'n Breadfruit
Author(s): Austin Clarke
ISBN: 9766370117 / 978-9766370114
Publisher: Ian Randle Publishers,Jamaica
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April 2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: Pig Tails 'n Breadfruit : Rituals of Slave Food
Author(s): Austin Clarke
ISBN: 0-679-31030-4 / 978-0-679-31030-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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