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Ripe Banana Bake or “pilhai” is a popular native dish from Norfolk Island in the Pacific.
Academics’ cookbook celebrates the
taste of the islands
Edited and published at UPEI, the book includes recipes and essays from around the world
PHO TO: ISLAND S TUDIES PRESS
what do bamboo rice, grilled wallaby and kid
stew have in common? They’re the signature
dishes from three of the islands included in
the cookbook A Taste of Islands, written mostly
by academics with ties to many of the world’s
The book is edited by Anna and Godfrey
Baldacchino at the University of Prince Edward
Island and published by its Island Studies Press.
Godfrey holds the Canada Research Chair in
Island Studies at the university and Anna special-
izes in early childhood education, teaching at Hol-
land College and doing research at UPEI. The idea
of a cookbook appealed to both of them. “I love
to cook,” says Anna. “And I love to eat,” adds her
husband, “so it was the perfect match.”
The 264-page cookbook features 60 recipes,
each accompanied by a photo and a short essay
about how the dish fits into that island’s history
and culture. All the continents are represented, as
are a mix of large and small islands. Some are part
of a country – like Montreal, home of poutine –
while others are island nations like Malta, where
rabbit is a national dish.
The cookbook took just over a year to go from
idea to print. The Baldacchinos were visiting Taiwan and dining with a colleague when the conversation turned to the social importance of food.
The colleague suggested the couple put together a
global island cookbook. UPEI’s Institute of Island
Studies agreed to publish it and the pair emailed
their extensive global network, looking not only
for signature recipes but also for the essays.
The Baldacchinos haven’t ruled out another
collaboration involving their far-flung network.
“Maybe a book of island beverages,” suggests Godfrey. – karen birchard