Cathy is joined on the phone by Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau, restauranteurs of the Kingston, Jamaica-based Summerhouse at The Liguanea Club and authors of two cookbooks on Caribbean cookery. Their latest, Provisions, centers on vegetarian recipes based on hearty, starchy ground roots—the traditional cookery of their ancestors. The sisters talk about learning about their great-grandmother Martha, who was a pioneering female restaurant owner in Jamaica who developed the most delectable patties on the island, and also the erasure of her story and those of other women who have forged what we know of as Caribbean cuisine today. They talk about why it’s important to share their stories, and how they are carrying on the torch as culinary professionals sharing the legacy of Caribbean cooking today.
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