Yvette Hyman with a bounty from land and sea. (Saltwater Collection file photo)
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
Yvette Hyman, with husband Felix, also founded the popular Yvette’s
Restaurant in her native district of French Quarter, St. Martin.
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, said Jacqueline Sample, the book’s editor.
the book’s 312 colorful pages, classic favorites such as souse, Johnny
cake, Conch Yvette’s, lamb stew, coconut tart, guavaberry and soursop
drink are just a few of the over 200 recipes à la Yvette to be found
Treasury of St. Martin’s Traditional & Contemporary
Cuisine, said Sample.
cookbook is an important and outstanding acknowledgement of Chef Yvette
Hyman’s committed service to the culinary development of St. Martin,”
said Gloria Ferris-Bell, a leading
From Yvette’s Kitchen is a “national and Caribbean
happening for St. Martin” as well, said HNP publisher Lasana M. Sekou.
37-sq. mi. island of St. Martin, with over 350 restaurants from around
the world, is known as the “culinary capital of the Caribbean,”
according to award-winning Canadian travel writer Melanie Reffes
posthumous title has been in the making since 1989. As HNP’s projects
director Sekou had approached Hyman over 20 years ago about publishing
her recipes as a unique book of St. Martin’s cuisine and an aspect
of cultural heritage, said Sample.
served as HNP’s main editor on the manuscript since 1992 when Yvette
gave the publisher her collection of recipes. Sample met with Yvette
several times to discuss and test recipes before the popular chef passed
away in 1999.
2007 and 2009, Sample met with Yvette’s widower Chef Felix Hyman and
daughter and cooking instructor Jewel Daal to discuss and detail recipes.
book’s beautiful design by Angelo and Gina Rombley include photographs
of actual dishes and drinks, both traditional and those developed by
Yvette, said Sample.
Yvette’s Kitchen, which will be launched as the “main book”
of the 9th annual St. Martin Book Fair, June 4, 2011, is
available at amazon.com and houseofnehesipublish.com, said Sekou.