Pig Tails 'n Breadfruit: Rituals of Slave Food: A Barbadian Memoir

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Random House of Canada, Limited, 2000 - Cookery, Barbadian - 256 pages
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Austin Clarke grew up in Barbados, enveloped in the heavenly smells and smoke of women cooking. From them, he learned how to prepare the beloved dishes of the island - Rich Golden Roast Pork, Fried King Fish, Breadfruit Cou-Cou and, of course, his very own Chicken Austintacious. He shares his recipes for these hearty meals and reminisces about the "slave" food that was so much a part of his life. Whether it's a story about the village butcher whose qualifications were somewhat suspect, or a sure-fire route to a woman's love through her stomach, Austin Clarke will make you hungry for the "hot cuisine" and spirit of the island.

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Austin Clarke was born in 1934 on the island of Barbados. He attended Combermere Secondary School and later Harrison College where he received his Cambridge and Oxford Secondary School certificates. After teaching at a secondary school, he attended the University of Toronto in Canada where he studied Economics and Political Science. His works mainly focus on Caribbean immigrants and the social and political issues they encounter living in Canada. Some of these works include "Storm of Fortune," The Bigger Light," and "The Meeting Point." The first volume of his memoirs "Growing Up Stupid Under the Union Jack," won the Casa de las Americas Prize for Literature in 1980. It based on his experiences while working in Barbados as the manager of Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation and an advisor to the prime minister. The second volume is entitled "A Passage Back Home." His novel, "The Polished Hoe," won the Giller Prize for fiction in 2003, the Regional Commonwealth Writer's Prize for best book, and the Trillium Book Award. . In 1999, he was awarded the W.O. Mitchell Prize for producing an outstanding body of work for his short stories collections and the Rogers Communication Writers Trust Prize (1998). Austin Clarke currently resides in Toronto.

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