Exploring the Caribbean's Complex Culinary Roots

Cynthia Clampitt

Azure water and tropical heat help define the image we have of the West Indies, the arc of more than 7,000 islands that outline the Caribbean Sea. But the region’s tumultuous history has led to cuisines that are far more diverse than idyllic island images might suggest. While ingredients and ideas have been traded among the islands, languages, customs and foods of the sovereign states and territories of the Caribbean reflect the nations...