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.