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Product Details

  • Series: Authentic Recipes Series
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Periplus Editions (HK) ltd.; Hardcover with Jacket edition (September 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0794603246
  • ISBN-13: 978-0794603243
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

New Orleans native John DeMers is the author of 13 books including Caribbean Cooking and Great Chefs—Great Cities. A former food editor for United Press International, DeMers is editor and publisher of EasyFood and CoastFood, both regional food and wine magazines. He is food editor for New Orleans magazine and for WYES-TV's weekly program "Steppin' Out."

Eduardo Fuss, a self-taught artist, photographer and craftsman, was born in Buenos Aires and has lived in New Mexico since 1980. His photographs have appeared in Smithsonian and the New York Times and have been featured in Only in Santa Fe, Fodors' Compass American Guide to Santa Fe and The Food of Santa Fe.

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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Pebbles on May 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
First let me say the only reason I gave this book 1 star to is offset the multiple "reviews" done by a reviewer with over 37,000 reviews, every one of which is 5 star. This reviewer is actually a company that uses volunteer reviewers, many of which openly charge a fee to the author to review their book. Why does Amazon permit this? It devalues the whole premise of readers giving insight for others who are purchasing sight unseen.

My actual review of the book would be 3 stars. The photography is gorgeous. The recipes are pretty good and cover a range of foods. The downside is that many call for ingredients that many people don't have available locally. In my experience, being an accomplished cook and owning dozens of cookbooks, this is one more for the coffee table than one that will get much use in most kitchens.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Soph on April 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
First and foremost, why on Earth is Jamaica's national dish listed as an appetizer? Any small amount of research, even just talking to a Jamaican, ANY Jamaican and you'd understand how important this dish is, so to see it listed as an appetizer in a so-called "authentic" cookbook really makes you wonder about the actual level of authenticity, as opposed to someone simply tossing that in the title.

I randomly picked another menu item, Carrot Drink, which is actually called Carrot Juice, is traditionally made with Condensed Milk, not Evaporated Milk. Ugh. I don't know how this book got so many positive reviews or how it could be even remotely considered authentic when it was written by a Cajun. Find another book because this one will make you look foolish.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Chen on November 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a response to a review that I read on this item. Yes I believe it is bad for publishers to hire people to review their items. But I believe that this recipe book is very good. It states that it is giving its readers authentic recipes which usually means that the ingredients are hard to find if this kind of food is not a part of the reader's mainstream culture. If you really are a die hard cook then you can find these items especially in areas in which Jamaicans can be found or just try to find a Jamaican grocery store. If you can't do any of the above then you'll just have to go to Jamaica for authentic cooking.

P.S. I was not paid by the publishers--- I am a regular nobody who loves to shop on amazon.com
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jolene on July 18, 2011
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As a Jamaican and a cook, I find this gives another perspective on mainstream items which allows them to be more readily accessed by non Jamaicans. It breaks down dishes to make them less complicated as often these items are just taught in family kitchens and to be honest I never had recipes for them. My favourite "new" recipe in the book ...I love the callaloo spring rolls in ackee sauce, I could eat them all day!

Overall, I'm very pleased with this buy; this is a great book to add your Caribbean cooking library.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zombunny on September 9, 2008
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I have been making my own Jamaican food for many years, but wanted to branch out from my usual recipes. This was a great book to start with. The recipes are basic enough for a mainlander to use and find the ingredients! Tasty recipes! and you will learn about the great island country as well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Stevens on July 8, 2012
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This is an easy to follow cookbook with NORMAL, easy to find ingredients. I wish it had more recipes- it is that good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D B Crisp on December 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you like periplus cookbooks and already own "the food of" version of this book, then reconsider buying this one. The new "authentic recipes from" series is just a rehash of the "food of series" with a few subtle changes such as relacing obscure recipes with more recognisable ones, bigger font and format, less on the history and some updated pictures.

Overall I kind of like the recipes in the new books more as there is less filler and odd recipes, but I do like the layout and format of the older hardcover "food of" books. So if you own "the food of" and want to get this book, be prepared to sell it off as you will only end up doubling up 90% of recipes between the 2.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Hall on September 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've made several recipes from this book and all were excellent and tasted authentic. I would definitely recommend purchasing this.
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