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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; Export ed edition (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743259491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743259491
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Caribbean cookery has been ill-served by the region's restaurants, many of which provide bland dishes and half-hearted attempts at "Continental" classics. As a result, most visitors to the islands never taste real Caribbean food, which is often delicate, complex and refreshingly spicy. This jovial cookbook sets out to repair the Caribbean's culinary reputation. Beautifully photographed and relentlessly cheery, the volume includes recipes for favorites like Grilled Jerk Chicken, Salt Fish Fritters and Quick-Time Pepperpot Soup. Cuban Oxtail with Riojà is audaciously rich and hearty, and Pumpkin Lobster Bisque is positively decadent. A few technicalities, however, dampen the book's otherwise considerable appeal. First, the book was originally published in Britain, but its Britishisms were never translated, so the recipes often call for "courgettes" instead of zucchini, "aubergines" instead of "eggplant" and a mysterious squash called "christophene," that goes by "mirliton" in certain parts of the U.S. Second, the recipes often include hard-to-find ingredients and don't provide alternatives, which can prove frustrating to a cook who can't locate, for example, a scotch bonnet pepper. Regardless of these problems, anyone interested in sampling true Caribbean cookery will find this book a tasty resource.
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"Offers a good selection of recipes for jerked foods."  —TheWineBuzz


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The recipes are easy to follow and came out great.
Shancha
This is a lovely edition to anyone's cook book collection.
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It is a beautiful book with layout, photos, and recipes.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shawn R. Svoboda on June 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
I actually picked up this book in St. Maarten at the hotel gift shop and immediately began cooking from it! 98% of the ingredients are available in your regular grocery store, a few specialty type items you can get at a gourmet store in your town or on the net. There are also sections within the book that speak to the Caribbean traditions and traditions of the meals and ingredients. Also - each recipe tells you from what Caribbean island it hails from. The recipes are easy to make and totally caribbean and incredibly awesome! So much so that I'm here on Amazon ordering one for my Dad for Fathers Day. If you like to cook - you'll love this book. If you don't like to cook, you'll love it even more because it is a great intro into cooking with dishes you won't be able to mess up! Enjoy!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shancha on May 16, 2006
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I actually stubbled across this book at the Sangster Airport in Montego Bay Jamaica. After reading about Virginia Burke at the back of the book I realized that she also grew up in the same district as I did in Walkerswood JA. Now that I have a personal connection to this book I was more than eager to begin to try some of the recipes.

The recipes are easy to follow and came out great. This is saying a lot for me since I just started cooking on a regular basis a year ago. What will instantly catch your eye about this book are the vibrant colors and the accruacy of the photos used.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is either a novice or pro in the kitchen, or for anyone interested in trying their hand at cooking Carribean cuisine.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 23, 2005
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The colorful cover caught my eye, but it's the creative and easy-to-prepare recipes inside that keep me coming back to this book regularly. This cookbook goes way beyond jerk, or adding a little pineapple or coconut to a dish. Author Virginia Burke is true to the cultural origins of dishes and the recipes are presented in an easy-to-understand and unpretentious manner. To my surprise, finding the ingredients in the U.S. has been quite managable. I have seen this author on TV once, and think she deserves a cooking show of her own. How fun it would be to take a weekly culinary trip through the islands with Virginia Burke.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Adam on May 21, 2007
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First, this book is beautiful to look at... great photos, full of colours, very Caribbean.

Then the recipes are very appealing and mouth watering and they don't come accross as too difficult to execute.

And most off all, so far all the recipes I have tried turned out to taste great and also look good.

I live in the Caribbean and the recipes in that book really seem to represent the islands.

The best cookery book I have bought in a long time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Hurley on August 16, 2007
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As an Executive Chef who specializes in Caribbean Style product development I found it very refreshing to see such a wonderful example of a Caribbean Cookbook. I found the recipes to be clear, easy to follow and in some respects very creative. The photography is truly stunning and for once doesn't focus on sandy beaches and palm trees. The only thing I would like to have seen were some more modern recipes, maybe next time Virginia.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By newskinnyperson on November 15, 2011
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I read about this book in one of our Caribbean magazines, so I ordered it. It is a beautiful book with layout, photos, and recipes. HOWEVER, it is one of the poorest binding of a book I have ever seen. The outside cover peeled off after the first viewing of the book. It should have been made into a hardback book. I am surprised that Simon & Schuster ever released this book in the poor production state that it is. Since I doubt that getting another copy will be any different, I have salvaged the book by using some Elmer's glue into the spine area and then package taping the outside cover to the inside cover pages.

Going back to the content, since I am into learning all about Caribbean cooking, it is beautifully handled. The photographs are totally appealing, the measurement conversions are so helpful to a person used to the U.S. measures, and I look forward to trying out many recipes. I just wish it had been a hardbound copy.
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