Living: The Still Pristine Caribbean

Six islands in the Antilles where Lesser is more

Believe me, Sire, these countries far surpass all the rest of the world in beauty and conveniency.

—Christopher Columbus, writing to King Ferdinand of Spain from the West Indies, circa 1492

Columbus was one of the few travel writers in history who actually discovered the paradises they praised. To be sure, he could not say much for West Indian cookery in his day. Among the then dominant Carib Indians, who were cannibals, la nouvelle cuisine consisted of smoked or stewed Spaniard, followed in later years...

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