Yu Kyaahn travl pahn emti stomak …You cannot travel on an empty stomach …September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month!

In the Kriol language commonly used throughout Belize, natives often say, “Yu kyaahn travl pahn emti stomak.” The translation: “You cannot travel on an empty stomach.”

With all this Central American melting pot has to offer, visitors should take these words to heart if they choose to explore Belize’s ancient history, lush natural offerings and culturally diverse population. The journey begins with Flavors of Belize: The Cookbook.

Published by McNab Publishing Ltd., Flavors of Belize is packed with recipes including a selection of soups and starters to main dishes and delectable desserts. Additionally, this cookbook hosts a variety of submissions from some of Belize’s most renowned chefs and cooks – some formally trained and some trained in their mother’s kitchen. Each section opens with a brief explanation of the different cultures whose history acts as the foundation of Belizean heritage. This colorful gastronomic guide delivers over 120 recipes spanning cultures including the Maya, British, Mestizo, Creole, Chinese, Lebanese, Garifuna and more.

Throughout Flavors of Belize, readers will find descriptive recipes – simple enough for the home kitchen (and cook) – accompanied by vibrant and decadent photography from renowned food photographer Matt Armendariz. Some lesser known but favorite Belizean recipes found in the cookbook include:
Panades – Fried corn pockets filled with beans or fish
Escabeche – A hearty Hispanic onion soup
Belizean Boil-Up
Coconut Curry Shrimp
Hibiscus-Marinated Pork Tenderloin
Breadfruit Casserole – A unique side dish made with local breadfruit
And many more!

This would be a wonderful feature for Hispanic Heritage Month as a majority of Belize’s population is Hispanic.