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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway; 1 edition (September 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385487142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385487146
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The food of the islands has its own special charm--who can resist the call of the jerk? But, in between nibbles of sweet plantain and empanada, we wonder if we'll hate ourselves in the morning when we tally up the fat grams and sodium we consumed the night before. Aiming to take the fear out of the feasting, dietician and culinary instructor Donna Shields has penned Caribbean Light, a healthy romp through the kitchens of our West Indian neighbors.

Shields clearly loves her work and her subject. Making it plain in the introduction that flavor and authenticity are more important to her than cutting every last calorie, she takes our hand and guides us through over 125 fabulous, relatively simple recipes such as Coconut Kerry Chicken, Marinated Palm Hearts, and Drunken Shrimp. Each recipe is followed with information on calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, vitamins, and minerals, to allow the reader to decide if the pork chop's worth it (it is). Well-indexed and easy-to-use, with informative sidebars on many aspects of Carib cuisine, the only thing this cookbook is missing is illustrations. Viewed as incentive to actually make the dishes, though, perhaps that's not such a bad thing after all. --Rob Lightner

From Publishers Weekly

Key West-based food writer and registered dietitian Shields offers a cornucopia of zesty and healthful recipes from the Caribbean basin. In the introduction, Shields details her approach to healthy, flavorful cooking: the use of contrasts in taste, texture, temperature, shape and color ("contrast cooking"), combined with fresh ingredients and realistic ("ample") portion sizes. Shields incorporates Caribbean ingredients (e.g., mango, tomato, coconut) and seasonings such as jerk rub (allspice, ginger, cinnamon, pepper) and sofrito (garlic, onion, green pepper), eschewing complicated, multistep techniques. To achieve her "lite" touch, she substitutes for or omits caloric offenders such as coconut oil and cream without sacrificing flavor. The simple, straightforward recipes exude sensory appeal: Garlic-Stuffed Chorizo Dates (skewered on a toothpick, baked and served as an hors d'oeuvre), Pineapple on Fire (grilled pineapple dipped in lime juice and coarse black pepper), Almond Crunch Sea Bass and Grilled Beef with Spicy Tamarind Sauce. Those less adventurous can gravitate toward the Grilled Lobster Tail with Roasted Corn Stuffing or Pigeon Peas and Rice (beans and rice). Nutritional analyses accompany each recipe, and informative sidebars like "Hot Zones" (measuring heat level of peppers by Scoville units) and "The Many Faces of Plantain" provide guidance in prose as vibrant as the bold flavors it describes.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Moore on February 11, 2010
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I've recently embraced Floribbean cooking and am having fun with it. I'd seen this book in a bookstore and passed on the full retail price in favor of ordering through Amazon and possibly getting it slightly used. It has a lot of fun ideas in it, but many of the ingredients are not available in my small town. Perhaps residents in larger cities that have Caribbean markets would have an easier time. Nevertheless, I'm enjoying the book, and the few recipes I've tried have come out pretty well.
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By Donna Riggs on May 9, 2014
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Love the book am trying receipes so far so good I bought it actually because the authors name is my maiden name
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By Alora More on May 19, 2013
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I was so excited about this book, however there are no pictures I mean NONE?!? How do you know if it is suppose to look like that after you make it? My neighbor is from the islands, I loaned it to her and she was amazed with how they converted some of her favorite dishes into healthy ones. So I begged her to dog ear the recipes that she new would knock-your-socks-off if you will. I look forward to cooking something out of this book!
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