The Flavors Of Belize Cookbook Giveaway!

Hello everyone! You may remember a post we wrote last year about visiting the beautiful country of Belize to work on a cookbook. I’m proud to announce that the book is now here and it’s every bit of beautiful I hoped it would be. Not that I’m biased, mind you. It’s just great to be involved in such a delicious endeavor.

There’s so many wonderful recipes to dive into within the book’s pages, and if you’ve never experienced Belizean food then you’re in for a treat. It’s a fantastic blend of distinct cultures, sometimes moving in one direction before coming back to another. It’s Mayan, it’s Carribeean, It’s Asian, it’s Creole, and it’s all delicious. In fact, several recipes from the book have become standards at our house.

How about a quick behind the scenes video of the book?

I can’t even begin to tell you what an amazing time we had. Except for the bug bites, but hey, that’s to be expected.

The book is out now and available from the Flavors Of Belize website here. Order a copy and try some recipes, won’t you? In the meantime, here’s a recipe, courtesy of Flavors Of Belize, that is a favorite. It’s a Hot Pepper Onion Sauce, which is used as a condiment on all sorts of things. But the hot vinegar sauce with allspice notes is a thing of beauty, I’m telling you. On grilled meats it rules, on top of beans and rice I love it, heck, I’ll try it with just about anything because it’s not like any other condiment I know of. And it’s easy to make and keeps for many weeks.

Hot Pepper Onion Sauce, recipe courtesy Flavors Of Belize

2 cups onions, minced
2 habanero peppers, deseeded, sliced
2 tablespoons cilantro, minced
6 allspice seeds
11/2 cups vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients and marinate for 2 hours or overnight. Will keep for several weeks in refrigerator.

And there’s a book giveaway!

I’m giving away two copies of Flavors Of Belize to 2 random selected winners. All you have to do is leave a comment below, make sure you leave your email address so that I may contact you in case you are selected. Comments close Friday, August 3, 2012.


  1. Karla Herrick says

    I am so happy to see that there is such a nice cookbook about Belize cuisine. The book just looks so inviting. I have seen your book “The Flavors of Belize” advertised here in Belize. I would love to know how to cook many of the food that I have tried while living here, in Belize for the past 10 years! Your book is the first one that actually interests me! It looks just BEAUTIFUL, and I’ve only seen a news article on it. It would be a lovely cookbook to own. Thanks! Ps, If you choose me for a book, you can mail it to my address in the US!

  2. says

    I found that this sauce got even better after a few days, and it was incredible alongside fish fillets and rice and beans. Excellent with stew chicken as well…

  3. says

    Congratulations on your book I’ll be waiting, to hear those delicious plates of food and ran to remember the taste of this earth and all its tradition, congratulations and good luck, greetings

  4. says

    Thank you for sharing the fun over at Belize! Just over the weekend, we prepared this awesome sauce for our family gathering by the beach and it complements the BBQ beef and chicken so well, that we had to make more before serving! They go great with seafood, especially grilled squids and tiger prawns. Yes, the sauce recipe was the talk of the town! Frankly no one knows where Belize was and we were so delighted to share new found knowledge to everyone. It was a amazing get-together and we just want to know more about this unique and diverse food and cultural society of Belize. Sunny greetings from Singapore! PSsst, we have an address in US.. so please send Belize awesomeness to us!

  5. Mary says

    Man you have a tough gig! I don’t know how you stand it…;-) Belize yeah I’ll take that cookbook. Testing the recipes and eating the food may be the closest I get to belize!

  6. Mary M. says

    My sister has been to Belize several times and like myself is a big foodie! I’ve heard about it and seen many beautiful photos of the land AND of the food. Your book looks lovely!

  7. Candra Creason says

    First time here … love your site! This onion sauce looks amazing! I love collecting cookbooks from around the world … had to leave a scary relationship in a hurry and lost my collection … would love to have this one to start my new collection!

  8. says

    That recipe looks great. How exciting it must have been to go to somewhere far away and then write about all the exciting dishes you came across. Anyone would be thrilled to win a copy of your book. I know I would.

  9. says

    I had a neighbour from my childhood who used to talk fondly about her marriage in Belize. The marriage didn’t last but the memories did. The food was definitely something she talked about a lot. I’d love to see if the recipes match the jungle green and macaw-coloured stories she wove in my childhood memories.

  10. Tina Rivera says

    I love to try dishes from other cultures. The cookbook looks interesting and beautiful. Hope I win!

  11. Caitlin says

    Yeah I’ll definitely have to try this, also the seafood stew on the book’s website, can’t wait!

  12. Mary Frances says

    This would be such an interesting cookbook to have in the library, wouldn’t it be fun to show off Belize’s culture at a dinner party! It would certainly be a good conversation starter!

  13. Todd Spraggins says

    Lots of habenaros so I’m looking forward to putting them to use with this sauce.

  14. says

    What a lovely concept for a cookbook. When you include the culture that influences the cuisine a complete picture is painted and a new world is opened.

  15. Scott Carl says

    We are on our way to Belize next year and would love to see a copy of the book before we go. If the Hot Pepper Onion Sauce is any indication of the special quality of the recipes, it will be a keeper!