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Cindy Hutson,chef/owner, Ortanique on the Mile, Coral Gables, and Zest Restaurant & Market, Downtown Miami author of From the Tip of My Tongue


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,” 

When Chef Cindy Hutson opened  Norma's on the Beach on Lincoln Road in 1994, it was a hit. Her debut with her lifetime partner, Delius Shirley, was just the beginning of a long and successful career that shaped her life and changed South Florida's culinary landscape.

She went on to open the award-winning Ortanique on the Mile, in Coral Gables and has expanded her reach to the Caymans, the Bahamas, and, soon, to Downtown Miami, in the new Southeast Financial Center where the new restaurant  Zest will serve "cuisine from the sun."

Together with Delius, Cindy has just published a cookbook entitled From the Tip of My Tongue. With more than 75 recipes and over 100  photographs.   

Listen as Cindy talks about her cuisine, her life decisions and her joy of cooking