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Jerk from Jamaica: Barbecue Caribbean Style Paperback – April 1, 2007
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Helen Willinsky grew up in Jamaica, studied cooking in Europe, and ran a resort in Jamaica; she includes family recipes, traditional recipes, and recipes that blend older Jamaican elements with newer ingredients and traditions. She strikes a beautiful balance, one so many authors fail to achieve, between introducing us to traditional methods and ingredients and yet making it possible for us to enjoy Jamaican flavors in our own kitchens even if we don't have access to a barbecue grill or all of the traditional Jamaican flavorings.
You'll need access to some sort of barbecue grill or the equivalent in order to get the most out of this cookbook, it's true, but it's certainly worth buying even if you don't have that. Oven directions are included for many recipes, and there are even adaptations to the slow cooker and other such modern conveniences. A few sources for ingredients are provided, as well as substitutions using more commonly-found items.
The quality of the recipes is right up there with the Sugar Mill cookbook, but this book focuses primarily on a simpler, narrower type of cooking. It's easy to whip up these recipes with little advance notice, but they'll satisfy your tastebuds for days on end. If you're looking for something new to do with your grill, this will certainly qualify!
When we cook out of this book, every recipe takes us back. We brought Helen's first book back with us from Jamaica and we never cooked anything from it that we didn't enjoy. What I get from this book is the sense of Jerk. I grow my own Scotch Bonnets and now prefer them over the many Habanero varieties I've grown. I look for the biggest Jamaican pimento berries I can find (usually at a Mexican grocery).
If you've ever had jerk and wondered if you can do it too--buy this book. You can! Follow her recipes and it will be jerk, Mon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
everything you want to know about Jerk and the recipes that best fit this wonderful spice combinationPublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
WONDERFUL recipes. It's sleazy a favorite of mine. I live Jamaican jerk so I bought this. I began using it immediately and haven't stoppedPublished 4 months ago by Anne Wiser
Love cooking from this. In fact this purchase was for daughter in law as family always eats from thisPublished 5 months ago by Suze
I have been wanting this cookbook for a while, glad I found itPublished 6 months ago by Frederica Wheat
I have been to Jamaica 3 times. I searched for a perfect jerk marinade and rub. This book has them!!! I've made some to give away at Christmas to rave reviews. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rhonda
Love it. One of the best Jamaican cook books I have owned. I eventually loan it to a friend who haven't returned it, so it about time to get another copy.Published 9 months ago by CianRenato