Persistence Pays Off for this Trinidadian Writer

Think of the ingredients you would use to bake a pie…specifically, an apple pie: apples, sugar, flour, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, cilantro—wait…cilantro? What? The jarring, distinctly green taste of cilantro, a relative of the herb we Trinis call chadon beni, in the middle of a sugary apple pie? Can you imagine it?Sounds like a culinary disaster in the making, right? Well make no mistake; this secret ingredient is no error, but a deliberate curveball thrown in by Trinidadian writer Kimberley Nadine Knights, whose debut novel, The Cilantro in Apple Pie, is filled with the unexpected. 

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