In 2012, I met my 102-year-old Haitian grandmother for the first time in more than 20 years. Ever since that meeting, I decided to go on a journey to learn more about my cultural heritage. It was through food that I felt a connection to my Haitian roots. Every year, Haitians celebrate New Year's Day with a bowl (or two of) Soup Joumou (also known as Pumpkin Soup). During the times of slavery, the oppressed were not allowed to have pumpkin although they cultivated it in the fields. I decided to write this book to share the story behind pumpkin soup with the next generation and honor my grandmother.