In July, the Flavors of Belize cookbook was launched at the Biltmore Plaza with a grand cocktail that featured sampling from several cooking stations of cultural cuisine from the recipe book. Locally, the book has been well received and its Publisher, McNab Designs is in the process of launching it in the U.S. But while that is in the pipeline, at this hour, McNab Designs is putting off an exhibition at the Image Factory to coincide with the national celebrations. Tanya McNab says there’s a recipe for everyone.
“It is important for everyone to understand the history of the food; it’s things we eat everyday; they are a part of our everyday lives and that people understand where it came from—it’s sort of a small history lesson for everybody. It is something that you can come and walk through just fifteen, twenty minutes and see things. There are recipes there, there are cultural notes for everything that you see displayed and it sort of gives you that history lesson.”
“And a video as well, right?”
“We have an ongoing video throughout the exhibit which shows food, it also shows some of the original artwork that we have which was the making of the video, A Cookbook Trailer, and some of the actual launch event itself. The exhibit shows a lot of the raw ingredients, a lot of—we always see the food on the plate and it is always prepared; but sort of the raw ingredients that go into it and how we have sort of a set of ingredients that are used across the board in different cultures. Corn is an example that is very Mayan and very Mestizo and how those ingredients have created the food.”
“Tanya any particular piece that you favor?”
“Of all the different dishes that are being shown here, I think my favorite is the panades—that’s been a favorite of mine—and any corn-based meals like that, garnaches, fry tacos, in fact that’s one of the items on the menu tonight. We’ll also be having foods so that people can get sampling of some of these cultures. So far, the book has been doing really well; especially in Belize we have been doing really well. We also intend to start marketing in the United States in the next four months and that is exactly. We wanted to continue to ride this weave of enthusiasm and excitement for this book and we though what better month than September to do it in.”
The launch started at seven p.m. and the exhibit will be opened at the Image Factory for the month of September from eight a.m. to five-thirty p.m.