Pros: All proceeds from A Taste of Aloha are returned to the community through projects sponsored by the Junior League of Honolulu.
Cons: My copy is getting pretty worn, I may need a new one.
The Hawaiian language is very complicated.
A word or portion of a word can mean many different things, but for me when I hear the word ALOHA, I hear the HA, meaning ‘the breath of life’ or ‘the sharing of breath’. Next I think of sharing food, good food, food from Hawaii.
With so many cultures having meshed so beautifully together in such a tiny place, you’ll find pretty much any type of dish imaginable and then some.
I love this cookbook for that reason, the diversity of recipes.
From Appetizers and Pupus to Sauces, Condiments and Da Kine.
You’ll find recipes that call for caviar to how to make Chili Pepper Water, which is on every table in every home.
I refer to the chapter on Fish a lot. I know the names of the different fishes in Hawaiian, but I struggle for the English counterpart when I go to the fishmonger here on the mainland. The illustrations are most helpful as well.
There’s even a chapter on throwing a Luau, a Hawaiian bash.
The Glossary to the rear of the book explains not only the ingredient, but also some techniques in preparing it for your dish.
As I open my well worn copy of A Taste of Aloha, it always falls open to this recipe:
Makes 3 dozen
A favorite with generations of Punahou students.
½ cup melted butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
chopped nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine butter and sugar. Add other ingredients and mix well. Bake in greased 15 ½ x 10 ½ x 1 inch pan for about 25 minutes. Cool and cut into bars.
(I added Toffee Chips to the top of this batch)
If you’re looking for something away from your regular menu, try a recipe from A Taste of Aloha and see what I mean about ALOHA.