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The Real Taste of Jamaica, Rev. Ed. Paperback – October 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Warwick House Publishing; 3rd edition (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894020863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894020862
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,660,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Totally what I expect in a cook book from start to finish.
Rita Lewin
Some have preconceived notions, based on what their own grandmothers or fathers best liked to cook and eat, about what must or must not be in a Jamaican cookbook.
Dendera
The directions are very easy to follow and each step is numbered.
D. Taylor

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dendera on December 9, 2006
Some people have limited views of what Jamaican cooking is. Some have preconceived notions, based on what their own grandmothers or fathers best liked to cook and eat, about what must or must not be in a Jamaican cookbook. Please set such thinking aside and open this book. It is a pleasure and every single recipe I have tried is spot on and well written. You will cook good food with this.

Like a reviewer below, I was disappointed not to see an oxtail recipe, and I would have liked to have seen some Jamaican-Chinese foods, but that is a small issue in that one book cannot touch on every single thing and still be affordable and usable. Every other recipe I was ever familiar with is there and plenty more besides. Donaldson also weaves in a bit of cross-cultural comparison and some history (i.e., some people call them 'johnny cakes' others 'fried dumplings'; or, breadfruit came to Jamaica on Capt. Bligh's ship to feed the slaves, but the slaves initially wouldn't eat it and it was fed to the hogs for a few generations before cooks began to use it) -- all very interesting and none of it detracts from the ease of reading and using the recipes.

I introduced this book to my Jamaican born-bred-and-raised mum and aunties, including one award-winning cook, who all loved the book so much and were reminded of recipes they'd not used or food they'd not cooked in decades and all four went out to buy their own copy. Each year one or more of these Jamaican women living abroad think of someone else they want to share this cookbook with, so each Christmas a stack are ordered and wrapped!

Buy this. Use this. Love the food.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Shirley on April 24, 2010
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Maybe some of us have different editions of this book. I got my book a couple of days ago and today I really started looking at the recipes, I read the comments and I have no oxtail recipe!! The index says oxtail page 49, my book has that page that says for "To Market, To Market". For the commentator that said oxtail recipe on page 82, my book has pages 82 and 83 with pictures of food! I love the book but my goodness, where is this mysteries recipe???!!! Everything else is there though.....Ah well!! Not happy:(
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Paula on December 29, 2000
I first saw this book at a friend's house. And asked to borrow it. I read this book from cover to cover within a day. One of the beauties about this book is that you can read it without being a cook.
There is much to be learned about Jamaican culture and food preparation. This book talks about the development of Jamaican food history.
You will learn how the contributions of East Indians, Arawaks, Chinese, Africans and others have made Jamaican dishes so very appealing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. H. Forrester on August 13, 2005
I was very happy with my purchase, actually I bought them as gifts. Each one was gratly appreciated. The author really bring us back to "Home". The recipes are simple and the ingredients are readily available in most parts of the USA. As usual, Ray Chen's pictures are a beauty to behold. I whole heartedly recommend this book to every Jamaican and even those who want to try ethnic cooking. Great job Ms. Donaldson
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Taylor on September 10, 2004
I love this cookbook! The best part I like about the cookbook are the photos of the dishes. The directions are very easy to follow and each step is numbered. This cookbook is useful for anyone wanting to cook great Jamaican Cuisine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rita Lewin on March 11, 2007
Totally what I expect in a cook book from start to finish. It was very user friendly with the vocabulary, history and step by step instructions from the market to the pot. In the end ...authentic Jamaican cuisine. Anyone can use this cook book and enjoy the flavors of Jamaica. This was a hit for me!
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35 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Mekisha Hugh on January 29, 2006
Okay, let me give you the run down before you purchase this book like I did. My parents are Jamaican and I am a first generation born in the U.S. (Bronx, New York), I brought this book hoping to find the dishes that I grew up eating as a child so that I can make them for my husband and myself. I have an idea of how to make certain dishes because I have seen my mother, grandmother and aunt do them hundreds of times, but I never prepared them on my own. I brought this book so I wouldn't have to keep calling my grand mother (Mavis...Yeah I told you we were Jamaican lol), any way this book had recipes I never heard of in my life! It doesn't even have a recipe for Ox Tails! How are you going to have a Jamaican cook book and not have Ox Tails in there? That's like a Jamaican meal staple you know. Every Jamaican knows that the top Jamaican dishes are CURRY CHICKEN, CURRY GOAT, OX TAIL, ACKEE AND SALT FISH, ESCOVIETCH FISH AND THE JERK CHICKEN, PORK and so on. So if you are not Jamaican or West Indian this book might be good for you, but if you are straight up from Yard or a born Jamerican like myself no bada waste yu money pon dis ya book! Mi still mad about it! Cha!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Delcita Limmoth on March 2, 2009
this is a book that all who likes and would love to cook real Jamaican food to have in their library (kitchen) true real cultrural caribbean food and (jerk)desert, cocktail rum punch and christmas/ rum cake
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