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Out of the Doubles Kitchen: A Memoir of the First Family of Doubles - The Number One Street Food of Trinidad & Tobago. Paperback – 11 Dec 2013

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Caritrade, Inc.; 1 edition (11 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615855369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615855363
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,075,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Badru Deen lives in Florida with Grace, his wife of forty-five years. He graduated from the University of Manitoba, Canada with a BA in Economics and Sociology and a B.Comm(Hons) in Marketing and Business Administration. He followed a career path in Banking with the Royal Bank of Canada; Human Resource management with the Canadian Federal Ministry of Transport and the Government of Saskatchewan; Marketing and Sales with Philip Morris International and Nestlé. Like his father, he eventually became an entrepreneur, running his own corporation.

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This book is a roller coaster ride of emotions. It is like having a hot pot of soup with every possible tasty spice measured in.
It was a truly compelling read.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x90b73810) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x910e43f0) out of 5 stars HIstorically important and deeply personal. As the author honestly confronts his demons, we get to see our own. 11 Jan. 2014
By DrummingForWellness - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Badru Deen has accomplished a "Double Mission" with his "Double Story." First, he meticulously lays out the historical facts and chronology surrounding the origin of "Doubles," Trinidad's famous street food. Through clear and precise use of language, riveting storytelling, and anecdotal quotations from many of the elders, Deen presents conclusive evidence that the originator of Doubles in Trinidad was in fact Emamool Deen, a.k.a. Mamoodeen. But aside from the deep significance of this book to the history of Indians in Trinidad and in the diaspora, this book is also a deeply personal story of the author's emotional journey out of the Doubles kitchen. With masterfully poetic use of language and metaphor, Deen is raw, emotional and visceral in detailing his battles with the shame and stigma of race and class discrimination in the 1950's & 60's in Trinidad. The shame associated with poverty and being the "son of a Doublesman" seems to have haunted the author for much of his life. However, with this writing, the author courageously confronts his shame and fear, giving us all permission to do the same.
This book is relevant to Trinidadians in Trinidad and in the diaspora. However, there are universal themes in the book that will resonate with readers all around the world, particularly anyone who has had to overcome poverty, shame and trauma in their upbringing in order to achieve social mobility and spiritual peace. I give it a "Double" thumbs up!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90a4a854) out of 5 stars The meaning of success 15 Jan. 2014
By L Dufresne - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a superb representation of a child growing up within a cultural upbringing whilst struggling with the worldly influence of `success'. It illustrated parents who did all they could to start a life of their own and raise their children, despite the tragedies. The iconic street food created by this couple has become a Trinidadian favorite.
Charity, a modest living, the love of his children, the respect of his wife; that was Emamool Deen. His beautiful black beard, those awesome pants, his charismatic personality; all memorable. Though starting very young on their entrepreneurial venture with a large family; Emamool and Rasulan Deen were successful. Trinidad's street food industry benefited from their kitchen. They also provided a foundation for their children to choose their own path to success.
This book is a treasured addition to my library.
A must read!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90f8aa98) out of 5 stars A must read! 6 Jan. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Out of the Doubles kitchen is a vividly written work of art. The author's skillful command of the English language combined with his natural storytelling style transports the reader, in what can only be described, as being on an emotional roller coaster ride.
The author not only bares his soul to the reader but invites the reader to share the experience of his journey.
From poverty in rural Trinidad to prosperity in North America, the vindication and preservation of his father's legacy, and his acceptance of that legacy are testaments to the resilience and desire to succeed that is embedded within in the human spirit and has inspired those of us who have dared to dream.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90d566b4) out of 5 stars Terrific Read! 11 Mar. 2014
By Giselle S. Ellis - Published on Amazon.com
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Out of the Doubles Kitchen by Badru Deen is both a heartbreaking and inspirational memoir. The author candidly describes his parents' struggles through poverty and tribulations while trying to raise a large family and run a business. Placed within the historical and sociological context of the time along with detailed and vivid descriptions, the book transports the reader and provides an evocative eyewitness account. Badru Deen has succeeded in his mission to pay tribute to his father’s invention of Doubles, the number one street food of Trinidad. This book is also above all a powerful lesson in perseverance and self-determination. A page turner that will not disappoint!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x912528dc) out of 5 stars Out of the Doubles Kitchen-A Masterfully Crafted Journey 14 Jan. 2014
By Jerry Alleyne-Nagee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Jerry’s Remarks about the Book.

This is a day of celebration. We celebrate the creation of 242 pages of the personal history of Badru Deen and his family and by extension, our own personal story of life’s challenges, joys, sufferings and vicissitudes, and our colonial history that is at one and the same time an individual journey and the journey of a people.
Out of the Double’s Kitchen brings to life the poignancy of the individual’s struggle for survival in an era of limited possibilities, poverty, human tragedy and illiteracy without casting a veil of self-pity. The book is indeed a triumph of the indomitable spirit of a man, Mamo Deen, whose journey is chronicled in a series of graphic episodes that recall the experience of Indian indentureship, grueling labor, music and recreation, domestic abuse, community life and the dynamics of family life over the span of five decades. Those episodes are held strongly together by a powerful narrative thread that allows the author to vividly reveal personal stories, within the context of a socio-historic and socio-political milieu that is unique to his homeland.
The author’s diction, fraught with powerful symbols, local dialects, idioms and proverbs spice the work enriching it with an authenticity that is as real as a hot doubles with slight, medium or real hot pepper. There are occasions that were the author’s catharsis as well as ours; moments when we buss out a laugh or when the tears flowed freely. The zenith of our humanness and universality is reflected in the deaths of the twins, Habil and Cabil and in Rasulan’s overwhelming grief. In fact, the hallmark of good literature, as is this novel, is the ability of the author to infuse in his work powerful images that conjure up every human emotion.
Out of the Doubles Kitchen is a celebration of resourcefulness, entrepreneurship, common sense that was indeed made before book, family unity, creativity, selflessness and vision.
The pride, joy and sense of satisfaction I feel today for my friend’s literary and personal accomplishment cannot be measured. Not only have you, Badru, accurately retraced the origin of Doubles as a family legacy, you have enlightened many individuals who can, from now on, clearly understand that Doubles is our heritage, uniquely Trinbagonian, positively ours, and indisputably Deen’s. I hasten to say that Trinbagonians have unmistakably placed doubles on a pedestal evidenced by the ‘photoshop’ depiction of President Obama bussing up a doubles.
To Badru and family, Cheers! Grace, you are my hero as I know your role in the creation of this masterpiece. Indeed behind every great author is an even greater wife! Cheers everyone…To a doubles and a red Solo!
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