My name is Cindy Similien-Johnson, and the idea of writing a cookbook was spurred by my desire to preserve the meals I had while growing up in a Haitian household. One of my earliest childhood memories was the time I visited relatives in Haiti one summer. I remember sitting at a table in a backyard filled with banyan trees. For breakfast, I had meals like Mayi Moulen (Cornmeal) with Sòs Pwa Nwa (Black Bean Sauce).

As I got older, somehow (and unfortunately), I got disconnected from my roots. I lost my sense of cultural identity and the ability to understand and speak the Haitian-Creole language. There’s an African proverb that says, “We must go back to our roots in order to move forward.”

A few years ago, I decided to learn everything I can about my Haitian culture. Consequently, I began cooking and compiling the recipes from my childhood. The “Cook Like A Haitian” cookbook series is my way of not only persevering traditional Haitian recipes but also helping others reconnect to their Haitian roots through food. Thank you for visiting my website.

Bon apeti!