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Delicious Jamaica!: Vegetarian Cuisine (Healthy World Cuisine) Paperback – January 1, 1996

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>From pre-Columbian times to the present, Jamaica has been a melting pot of many cultural influences. Nowhere is this better reflected than in its wonderful food. From the delicious barbecue style of the Arawak Indians (the inhabitants of the island when Columbus landed) to the Spanish escoveitch, Jamaican cooks have taken many different styles of cooking and given them all that "special island twist". Out of a diverse mix of foods, spices, and cultures has come this wonderful array of tempting dishes as lively as the people of Jamaica themselves. "Duckana" "Steamed Callalu", "Avocado Sauce", "Fried Green Plantain", "Johnny Cakes", "Stuffed Breadfruit", "Tabouli", "Falafels", "Vegetable Lasagna", "Nutty Bean Loaf", and a lot more mouthwatering taste delights await within the pages of Delicious Jamaica! -- Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Yvonne McCalla Sobers, in addition to being a cookbook author, is very active in her community. A practitioner in community development and participatory research in Jamaica, she is also chairperson of the civic group Families Against State Terrorism (FAST).

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Product Details

  • Series: Healthy World Cuisine
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Book Publishing Company (TN); 1 edition (January 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570670218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570670213
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #930,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Yvonne McCalla Sobers is a Jamaican and a graduate of the University of the West Indies. A career educator, she lived in Africa and England, travels the Americas and the Caribbean, and is based in Kingston, Jamaica. She wrote the cookbook - Delicious Jamaica! Vegetarian Cuisine (Book Publishing Company, 1996)- when she became vegetarian and wanted to be able to continue to enjoy her ethnic food. Her most recent work - Lifelines: The Black Book of Proverbs - is the culmination of decades of collecting proverbs.

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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By on May 12, 1998
Format: Paperback
I had the pleasure of meeting and dining in the home of Yvonne Mc Calla Sobers of Kingston, Jamaica in July 1997. It was indeed memorable, to sit and rest after the long drive from the northcoast, in the hot midday, and enjoy the quiet breezy veranda of the Lingunea Mansion gifted to her by her childhood friend, Prime Minister Hon. Michael Manley, Chatting in depth about Jamaica, Food and Life, with her Sons and Herself, and reminesing of a childhood in Jamaica when "Bustamante Backbone" was a treat.
The Ben Johnson Vegetable Stew, made of all the great leftovers and pieces of vegetable in the fridge made for an adventurous treat on a hot afternoon, when shopping was out of the question. Sweet, Flavorful, Rich, Filling, Heaven in a bowl.
Yvonne treated us to her Fried Breadfruit, and some creamy vegeterian Solomon Gundy, which I have yet to locate outside Jamaica, namely in Kingston. Her conversations about the 38 different Mango's that were introduced to Jamaica and the West Indies, assures you that this isn't just some Local Cook.
We brought with us 2 bunches of country Gynip to the dinner party, and that was the payment for the truly fabulous country delicacies. approximatly $1.00 u.s. Unbelievable.
Indeed Mrs Sobers, is an internationally known consultant, responsible for bringing many international development projects closer to the people of Jamaica, instead of just the Tourist Regions. Hearing Her name mentioned daily on the radio stations in Jamaica, and seeing her Photograph in the Newspapers Islandwide, makes one know this is a Very Special Lady, and to be invited to sit on her special part of the earth and enjoy the treat of her hand is truly a dream come true for this aspiring cookbook writer.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By merrymousies on January 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
When I became vegetarian I worried about missing out on some of my favorite flavors like jamaican jerk. This book has a number of terrific recipes for doing jerk potatoes, jerk vegetables and even jerk tofu (I haven't tried that yet but certainly will). It has all the classics in here - pepperpot soup, plantains, etc.I've only scratched the surface in terms of making my way through the recipes but so far so good.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Hodari on May 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
Delicious Jamaica: Vegetarian Cuisine by Yvonne McCalla Sobers is a flavorful feast of creativity. The recipes are not only rooted in Jamaican culture, but these recipes also speak to many ethnic and cultural groups that have influenced the development and preparation of Jamaican food. There are recipes with Tainos, African, Spanish, British, Indian, Chinese and Jewish vibrations.

A less authentic cookbook would send readers to the store to buy jerk seasoning, but Delicious Jamaica teaches users how to make jerk seasoning (dry and moist), instead of merely relying on bottle and jars.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Delicious Jamaica contextualizes Jamaican food and culture. I learned:

* Jamaican rhythm does not generally include courses of meals such as appetizers, desserts, etc.
* Jerking was perfected by Maroons
* The word Jamaica derives from the Taino word, Xaymaca
* Ben Johnson Day refers to Fridays, when not much food is in the house and a market visit is necessary

The succinct historical notes evidence the author, Sobers, is a blood and love Jamaican. She continues to make her home on the island on which she was born and therefore knows the recipes that must be included in any authentic Jamaican cookbook.

Delicious Jamaica shares "essential" Jamaican recipes such as the Stamp and Go, Run Down, Fried Plantains, Callalu, and Ackee & Fish (with "tofish"/tofu instead of fish). As well, there are recipes unfamiliar to me such as Country Style Chocolate, Callalu Lasagna and Lentil Shepherd's Pie. There is a lengthy section on beverages, which includes my favorite, Sorrell, and a "Granny's Kitchen" section.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Craig Russell on March 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
We bought this book last year before leaving for a vacation in Jamaica. In Jamaica we had rented a house that had a cook. She was a wonderful Jamaican woman unfamiliar with vegetarian cooking. We showed her this book. She was familiar with many of the dishes in this book, but in non-vegetarian forms. With this book she was able to adapt her recipes and we had a wonderful week of home-cooked Jamaican, vegetarian meals. At the end of our vacation she was delighted when we left her our copy of this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JMc on April 25, 2010
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I seached and found the ideal Jamaican Vegan cookbook in "Delicious Jamaica: Vegetarian Cuisine" by Yvonne McCalla. Though not published as a Vegan cookbook, the majority of recipes found in this book is Vegan.
Most people think the Vegan lifestyle is boring, but take a look (and try) some of these recipes, you will be pleasantly surprised and may even consider changing/evolving to the healthy Vegan lifestyle.
Just leafing through this book makes my mouth water!
So far, I have bought six copies for myself, my mother, sisters, my Caucasian-American daughter-in-law and sister-in-law. I plan to order 10 more copies to share with other family members and friends.
Thank you Ms. McCalla, for your endeavor in creating this cookbook. You have awakened my Vegan palate (and those who share the bounty of my table) in quite a tasteful manner.
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