Wednesday, August 18, 1999


Third time’s charm for
plantation cookbook

Fourteen years ago, Hawaii's Plantation Village in Waipahu published a collection of recipes reflecting the ethnic variety of the plantation days.

Demand for the book has been steady. "The Original Plantation Village Cookbook" is now in its third printing.

To celebrate the perpetual popularity of the cookbook, the Friends of Waipahu Cultural Garden Park will hold a Cookfest next week featuring cooking demonstrations and food tastings.

The plantation cookbook contains dozens of recipes reminiscent of Hawaii's plantation past, as well as photographs, drawings and historical notes. Throughout the book, various contributors discuss their families' uses of plants for medicinal and cooking purposes.

In his forward to the second printing, Calvin Kawamoto, executive director of Waipahu Cultural Garden Park, said the collection was meant to revive the sense of family, community and togetherness essential to the survival of the plantation worker. "These are values that should forever be remembered, values that need to be renewed with each generation," Kawamoto said.

The third printing is limited to 500 copies. Copies will be sold for $8. Advance orders are being taken; call 677-0110. Here is a taste of the cookbook, from the Hawaiian foods section:


2 pounds chicken thighs, drumsticks or drumettes
1 6-ounce can frozen orange juice, thawed
1 cup bread crumbs
1-1/2 tablespoons curry powder
1 cup grated coconut
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup butter, melted

Marinate chicken in orange juice for 2 hours or overnight.

Mix together crumbs, curry powder and coconut. Dip chicken pieces in egg, then in the crumb mixture. Place on a baking pan and dribble with butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Nutritional information unavailable.


Bullet Book-launching party: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday
Bullet Place: Okada Education Center, Hawaii's Plantation Village, Waipahu
Bullet Admission: Free
Bullet Call: 677-0110

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