Claudia M. Caruana, a second-generation MalteseAmerican and author of Taste of Malta (Hippocrene Books, 1998) described growing up "invisibly" in New York during the 1950s. She said that Malta and the Maltese were unknown in a metropolis that revelled in ethnicity and was viewed as a huge melting pot. She said that she had a difficult time trying to convince American publishers that there would be enough interest in a book describing Maltese cuisine and culture. She said finally, after many attempts, she convinced a New York publisher that a Maltese cookbook could be marketed successfully.
Taste of Malta is available on Amazon.com, in London at the Books for Cooks bookstore.