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The Real Taste of Jamaica Paperback – September 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Randle Publishers; 2nd edition (September 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9766370214
  • ISBN-13: 978-9766370213
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every recipe so far has been A to A+.
R. Van Harn
This book is great to have in your collection if you are trying to learn to cook authentic Jamaican food.
Christian With A Pen
I promise I will make everything in this book.
Collette Murray

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is the best cookbook for Jamaican cuisine that I've ever seen! The author is a well-known cook in Jamaica; therefore, she's an excellent source of information. The cookbook has many wonderful photos of the finished product (a feature that is not commonly found in cookbooks that are geared towards Jamaican cooking), and the recipes are very easy to follow. I am born of Jamaican parents, and I really wanted to find a good book that could help me cook authentic Jamaican dishes in an authentic way. I've had this book for seven years and I successfully made every dish that I've tried. The book covers all types of food (appetizers, entrees, desserts, drinks), and it has a glossary to help you learn about certain foods that are not commonly found outside of Jamaica. If you are serious about learning how to cook Jamaican food, this is the book to have. If you are unable to get this book in your home country, I would suggest contacting the Jamaica Tourist Board and finding out the names of some bookstores in Kingston, Montego Bay or Ocho Rios. Contact those stores directly. If someone is going over to Jamaica, have them get this book for you (it's a great gift). I just bought a copy for someone while I was in a bookstore Ocho Rios. It was being sold in hardback for $29.95 ($60.00 less than what it was being sold for on-line). I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to make authentic Jamaican food.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
I lived in Jamaica for twenty-eight years, never cooked. My mother and sisters always cook, but now I live in the States and crave Jamaican food So I got this book to help me out. It is the best. I use my book at least once per week.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By energ91972@aol.com on June 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
I was born in Jamaica and have not been home for a long time, so I was trying to find a book with everything that my mother used to make, and untill now I have been searching endlessly whenl I found this book it was like a dream come true for me Thanks you Enid.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Thomas on January 15, 2000
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This is the most comprehensive Jamaican cook book I've ever had the pleasure of using. I was mostly impressed by the author's inclusion of some of the Island's unique recipes which are difficult if not impossible to find elsewhere. I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys caribbean cuisine. My highest praises to the author and thanks for this compliment to my cook book library.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Smith on April 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
This was a gift to me from my father. I've had this book for 10 years and just recently started using it. So far i've made the Curry Chicken, Fricasee Chicken, Ackee and Saltfish and Fish. They all turned out REALLY good...and on my first try. I would recommend this book to anyone searching for a 'taste of Jamaica'.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Haldeman on April 9, 2000
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I am going to Jamaica in June and can hardly wait to taste the catch of the day, bananas, paw-paw, jerk, sauces, bullas, otaheite apple pies and other foods found in this book. Photographs by Ray Chen, are inspiring and fresh. Recipes are easy to follow with many color photos. After trying some of the recipes, I know I'll want to explore more of the different Jamacian foods. This was a gift from my wonderful friend Joy, from Jamaica.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RichRN on February 24, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I got the book for a few specific recipes. this edition has oxtails listed in the index, but it is not in the book. Got left out in the updated edition. Get the original edition if you want the oxtail recipe.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Biker Bob on July 31, 2010
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I have been cooking Jamaican for a while now, about 2 years and I wanted to broaden my knowlege with more recipes, drinks etc. One thorough look through this book has left me very upset and let down, 99% of the recipes are either extremely basic or intentionally left this way as not to give away her recipes. This book reminds me of the same thing that happen when Sylvia released her first soul food cook book and the furor that she stirred up for leaving out alot of important ingredients in her recipes. This book fails to give complete ingredients for almost every recipe and is NOT a good source at all for Jamaican cooking. I have found better recipes for free on Jamaican travel sites, which give better ingredient lists, step by step pictures and even videos on Youtube showing the proper execution of the recipes. I do not recomend this book.
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