A Trip to the Beach, by Melinda and Robert Blanchard. New York: Random House, 2000. 295 pps., paperback.
The Blanchards decided to move from Vermont to Anguilla and open a restaurant. Their dream exploded from a shanty serving lunches and snacks into a full-blown restaurant with fine cuisine. With the help of islanders, they were slowly able to locate what they needed, built the restaurant, and found suppliers for the ingredients for their entrees. A few of Melinda Blanchard's original recipes are interspersed throughout the book, making my mouth water. It is particularly chilly here today so I am also hankering for a bit of island life. The book is definitely more interesting than this review makes it sound. Recommended for anyone who has daydreams of starting over in a warmer clime.