Sloane: What inspired you to write the book?
Jayce: My family’s culinary heritage is unique: that of a small American population in and around Saipan of the Mariana Islands that were influenced by the Spanish travel routes between Mexico, the Pacific Islands and the Philippines. Because of this, Mariana Island and Hawaii cuisine flavors are heavily influenced by the Philippines and the countries along those trade routes, as well as Japanese, Portuguese and German colonizations.
With hundreds of years of continuous gentrification and emigration, I feel compelled to preserve a specific group’s collective memories of beautifully entwined, multicultural roots. I want to share that feeling of comfort with the world through flavor. We’re out here!