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Mangoes have dazzled palates across the globe for centuries with their aroma, taste, texture, and seemingly endless shapes, sizes, and colors. In Miami alone there are over 250 varieties. Miami-based writer, critic, poet and educator Jen Karetnick is the award-winning author of nine books, including three this year alone: the recently published book Mango and two volumes  Prayer of Confession and Brie Season about to be released.
Jen’s nickname, Mango Mama, could not be more appropriate! Jen lives on the last acre of a historic mango plantation with her husband, two children; three dogs; four cats; and fourteen mango trees!  By the time July comes around, Jen uses mangoes in the most unexpected ways, in just about everything, cocktails, smoothies, savory and sweet dishes.
Along with her own recipes which she has developed over the years, the book Mango features recipes from a group of Jen’s buddies who happen to be Miami's most celebrated chefs.
From smoothies to cocktails, from mango blintzes to jerked grouper with mango-fig chutney, and mangozpacho (mango-infused gazpacho)--this book is  the ultimate book on Mango. It is delightfully written, based on serious research and highlights  all those chefs and mixologists who are striving to use our local products in their cuisines.
Click here for Jen’s recipe for frozen mango sangría, or “Mangría,” 

Everyone who meets chef Michelle Bernstein falls in love with this bright, bubbly Miami native with the prize-winning smile. She has elevated the bar of Miami’s food scene and its national reputation, winning awards like the James Beard award for Best Chef of the South 2008, helping improve childhood nutrition with Common Threads, a foundation that teaches low-income children good nutrition and cooking skills and now working with the Clinton Health Matters initiative.

Michelle Bernstein is one of the busiest chefs in Florida, with her successful and soon-to-be-reopened restaurant Michy's, the café Crumb & Parchment and Seagrape in the Thompson Hotel.  

She is also the author of Cuisine a Latina;  a guest judge on Bravo's Top Chef and mother to toddler Zachary, in addition to her TV show Check Please! and many charitable activities. I have followed her meteoric career since she was a very young, very brilliant and very serious chef at a remote restaurant in Miami and never cease to be amazed at how much is going on at once in her daily life. 

Listen as she talks about the America Cooks with Chefs competition, The Clinton Health Matters initiative and her views on success in the hospitality industry

 

 


 

   

 

 

 

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