Friday, December 30, 2011

Wintertime Reading

When the cold north winds blow, it is a perfect time to cuddle up by the fire with a good book.  And what better to read than sailing books.  Mike and I have become voracious readers.  We download free books on our Kindle, we order books from the library, and Mike scours the ½ price bookstore for the next sailing adventure or how-to book.  Over the last few years we have probably read 100 sailing related books.  

One of my favorites was The Embarassment of Mangoes by Ann Vanderhoof.  


It is a delightful book about a couple’s adventures around the world on their sailboat.  But the unique appeal to this book is the way this couple, and in particular, Ann,  were able to learn about and become a part of the various villages they visited.  Through her love of cooking, Ann was able to make connections with people in a way that saw her invited into the homes and kitchens of women around the globe.  Friendships and bonds were formed that continue to grow.  Along with the adventures she and her husband experienced,  Ann also  includes recipes from kitchens she visited, as well as tips on how to prepare and use the local ingredients.   There is a sequel, Spice Necklace, and Ann has a website at

Check back to Wrinkles in Our Sails soon.  We will be adding a book review page and our opinions on many, many books. 

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