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To raise money in support of the Grenada Relief Fund for victims of 2004's Hurricane Ivan, Morgan Freeman has solicited a bevy of Hollywood celebrities to adorn this compilation of Caribbean recipes with their familiar images. Alfre Woodard admires Mustique. Tom Hanks lauds St. Barth's. Tim Robbins recalls good times in St. Croix. Katie Couric shares her vacation in Anguilla. Ben Vereen revels in Jamaica. From these island resorts, local restaurateurs share recipes they serve their guests. Befitting these beachy locales, recipes feature seafood and tropical produce. Fruit soups, composed salads, lobster with herbed butter, and chocolate shells filled with coconut ice cream well define the product of laid-back resort kitchens. Such sophisticated examples of contemporary cuisine contrast with more traditional dishes such as ackee with salt fish, jerk chicken, and peas and rice. Color photographs throughout show off both the food and the photogenic celebrities. Mark Knoblauch
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About the Author

MORGAN FREEMAN is one of the most respected actors of his generation. He has won numerous awards, including a Golden Globe® for Driving Miss Daisy and an Academy Award® for Million Dollar Baby. When not sailing in the Caribbean, he lives in Mississippi.

WENDY WILKINSON coauthored the New York Times bestseller People We Know, Horses They Love. A public relations specialist for nearly 20 years, she has represented the likes of Billy Crystal and Robin Williams. She divides her time between Colorado and the Bahamas.

DONNA LEE is a freelance writer, the owner of Selahmedia and co-owner of PublicityBox PR and Marketing, which represents the licensing estates of Ernest Hemingway, Gary Cooper, and other classic Hollywood film stars. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594864241
  • ASIN: B001G7R6AS
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jon Asher on January 5, 2007
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Morgan Freeman's desire to help the island nation of Grenada following multiple hurricane "hits" is not only understandable, it's extremely worthwhile, and one can only hope that direct contributions to the correct organizations continue. With that said, the book purporting to be island recipes includes offerings from distinctly American-based restaurants, which seems to defeat the purpose of highlighting "real" Caribbean island food. Further, many of the recipes seem very upscale in both inredients and presentation, and as visitors to the "real" Caribbean know (which means experiencing those island nations from the beyond the confines of an all-inclusive resort), regional dishes are both hearty, often somewhat spicy and substantial. To get a true taste of Caribbean food one must experience out-of-the-way "local" establishments rather than fancy resorts. For a better selection of regional recipes I'd recommend Virginia Burke's "Eat Caribbean: The Best of Caribbean Cookery."
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I am really enjoying this cook book! I love the look of the book - the beautiful photos of the islands, the food and the celebrities! I found that the recipes called for common items easily found in super markets, preparation was not too complicated and of the recipes I have tried so far, the dishes are delicious! I think anyone who loves to cook would thoroughly enjoy this cook book!
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I love Caribbean food, having spent decades visiting the islands (especially less touristy ones like St. Kitts, Nevis and Montserrat.) So I bought this book with high expectations and wanting to support a good cause. Sadly I was pretty disappointed.

This is not really the true, authentic Caribbean food you will find in "local" restaurants, at beach bars and BBQs, at roadside stands. This is fancy resort food that's "Caribbean inspired" but largely not authentic, nor food that most home cooks are going to be able to or regularly want to cook. It's all very pretty to look at in the colorful photos, but I've not felt the desire to cook anything from here yet. I'll stick with Levi Roots' books and Virginia Burkes' "Eat Caribbean".
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This book is a secret gem. It is also unique. My husband first came upon it in our local library and before too long we acquired our own copy. Although it is a book of recipes, each chapter is devoted to a guest star (Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Michael Douglas and many others) with accounts of their personal connection with certain Caribbean Islands combined with recipes from local restaurants and hotels. Some of the recipes are simple with only a few ingredients whilst others are a lot more elaborate, however all of them are colourful, vibrant and delicious.

I love Caribbean food and have always thought how such a shame it is that it doesn't get more publicity outside the Caribbean. From the book, I particularly recommend the Fish Cakes, the Jerk Chicken and the Red Snapper. The recipes work and they are all accompanied by wonderful colour photographs, which I have always considered essential in cookery books - it is so important to be able to see the dish you are trying to replicate.

Above all this, Morgan Freeman donates all his proceeds from the book to the Grenada relief fund - so its all done for a great cause. I can't recommend this book enough.
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Although the book was written for a good cause (The Grenada Relief Fund),I have to give it a mediocre review. I when I purchased the book, I thought that it would be authenic Caribbean Food, with a focus on Grenadian recipes. However, this was not the case. Each chapter begins with a story about one of Freeman's "Celebrity" friends and the particular island that they frequent often. The only celebrities that have any familial ties to the Caribbean is Michael Douglas who is Bahamian on his mother's side; and Daisy Fuentes, who is Cuban. All of the celebs, (with the execption of Fuentes, who cooks for herself with help from her family) have professional chefs that make food for them.
The reason that I gave it 3 stars is because some of the lesser known Islands like Nevis, Mustique, and St. John's have a chapter in this book. The book also get some points for appearance. All the pages are in full, glossy color. One thing that I was pleased to see was a small section on Ital food, something that is largely ignored even in authentic cookbooks. Ital food was Ben Vereen's contribution.
The book is broken up into sections by island, not by course, and there is a picture of each celebrity as well as some of the chefs. If you are looking for "down home" food, look elsewhere.
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The visuals are lovely and the recipes divine -- a great mix of easy-to-prepare dishes and great stories. All for a good cause, too. What more could you ask for!
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This book was excellent. The recipes were varied, interesting, full of flavor, and easy to prepare. Also, each recipe was associated with a particular actor/actress and their story of their favorite island. Most importantly, the proceeds from this book were to help rebuild Grenada after a horrible hurricane. The authors did a phenomenal job and the culmination of recipes were diverse and delicious.
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