Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 16, 2021
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Martha's Vineyard Table

Martha’s Vineyard has been a part of American history since 1602. Located just south of Cape Cod, its country roads and sandy shores have always attracted both the famous — generations of Kennedys have retreated here, as did the Clintons after the Lewinsky affair — and not so famous. Among the latter include, first, Native Wampanoag, followed by Portuguese from Cape Verde and Portugal and, later, African Americans from all over. In fact, Oak Bluffs, on the northeast shore, was one of the US’s few black holiday hotspots in the 1950s onwards.

It’s no wonder then that the Vineyard boasts not only clambakes (outdoor parties along the shore) and the cod and lobster that come with them, but also the cuisines of all who have landed there. Breakfast may include French toast made from Portuguese sweet bread, while dinner may be Jamaican red pea soup with spinners. The soup, along with more favourites from Jessica B. Harris’ Martha’s Vineyard Table, published by Chronicle Books, are included here so that you can get a taste of vacationing in the Vineyard.

Recipes from the book