HELP CREATE HAITI UNCOVERED: Preserving Haiti’s Culinary Heritage & Traditions

Crowdfunding is quickly becoming a popular way for entrepreneurs and artists to get their work out to the public without needing corporate sponsorship, investors or other ‘gate keeper’ funding. Instead, by placing their appeals directly to their target market via sites like Kickstarter and IndieGogo they are finding a ready pool of supporters for whom as little as $1 USD are willing to help bring a creative project to life and partake in the perks which often accompany said contribution. Recently, while browsing Indiegogo I came across a project which I thought was worth highlighting here. Titled “HELP CREATE HAITI UNCOVERED: Preserving Haiti’s Culinary Heritage & Traditions” it is an effort to bring to life a cookbook and DVD on Haiti’s foods and culinary traditions.

HELP CREATE HAITI UNCOVERED: Preserving Haiti's Culinary Heritage & Traditions
Project Description:

Haiti is not simply deprivation and misery. We have a CULTURE, A PEOPLE AND AMAZING FOOD that the world also needs to know.

Showcasing Haiti has been at the forefront of everything that I have done to this point in my life and my career. I want to use the skills that I have been blessed with to leave behind something that is needed.

Haiti Uncovered will be a book that Haitians born in Haiti can reference to learn about other parts of the country.

Haitians and Haitian-Americans in the Diaspora can learn the real breadth and scope of Haitian cuisine . Not just Du riz ak pwa. This sense that Haitian food is limited, is a fallacy.

When Non-Haitians are interested in learning about Haiti, Haitian culture, and what the culinary culture of Haiti is really about, they can google, and find Haiti Uncovered, that gives a true depiction of the reality.

I read on an internet blog once, about someone who had moved to Haiti and they wrote, “Haitians put ketchup and sugar in their spaghetti. Haitians really like sweet foods. They put sugar in everything.”

That statement really bothered me because, while I may not know our full culinary tradition, one I am very clear about is, we do not like sweet and savory flavors for the most part, yet, the people reading this woman’s blog would use her thoughts as a reference, and there is nothing out there to counter that.

We need to change that. We need to ensure that we have a complete and well presented piece of writing that will serve as a culinary, cultural and historical reference for Haiti.

Read the full project description at igg.me/p/483710/x/3901558

To learn more about/contribute to HELP CREATE HAITI UNCOVERED: Preserving Haiti’s Culinary Heritage & Traditions visit the project’s page on Indiegogo :)

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  • Mark Fletcher

    It’s interesting what she said about a woman blogging that Haitian food is full of sugar. Not true of course, but the one place you find a lot of sugar is in the drinks and desserts. My wife’s aunt will make a papaye so insanely sweet I can’t drink it. (When I make it, I use no sugar at all.) Sugar cane is everywhere in Haiti and they have to do something with it.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina – Trinigourmet

      That’s really interesting Mark and a good point about the sugar cane! Is papaye a drink or a dessert? I’m definitely curious about Haitian cuisine which is why the project appealed to me :) It is sad and discouraging at times that so much disinformation about Caribbean food is out there. In part it’s because a lot of the material out there has not actually been created by us.

      • Mark Fletcher

        Papaye is a popular drink made from papaya and canned evaporated milk. I leave out the sugar but you’re not supposed to. I’ve tried to learn the dishes because my wife is Haitian. If you find yourself in a Haitian restaurant be sure to try Legume, the Haitian beef stew with eggplant, and Kalalou, okra stew. And from a Haitian bakery, try sweet potato candy (really sweet as well). Some of the best Haitian cooks speak Kreyol, which is a spoken language, so the few cookbooks that exist may indeed not contain the best information.

  • Haiti Uncovered

    Hi Sarina,

    We are so delighted and thank you for spreading the word amongst your readers. We are looking forward to the book coming out. Please continue to support and don’t forget to make your donation online. -Best