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Delicious Jamaica!: Vegetarian Cuisine (Healthy World Cuisine) Paperback – January 1, 1996
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The Ben Johnson Vegetable Stew, made of all the great leftovers and pieces of vegetable in the fridge made for an adventurous treat on a hot afternoon, when shopping was out of the question. Sweet, Flavorful, Rich, Filling, Heaven in a bowl.
Yvonne treated us to her Fried Breadfruit, and some creamy vegeterian Solomon Gundy, which I have yet to locate outside Jamaica, namely in Kingston. Her conversations about the 38 different Mango's that were introduced to Jamaica and the West Indies, assures you that this isn't just some Local Cook.
We brought with us 2 bunches of country Gynip to the dinner party, and that was the payment for the truly fabulous country delicacies. approximatly $1.00 u.s. Unbelievable.
Indeed Mrs Sobers, is an internationally known consultant, responsible for bringing many international development projects closer to the people of Jamaica, instead of just the Tourist Regions. Hearing Her name mentioned daily on the radio stations in Jamaica, and seeing her Photograph in the Newspapers Islandwide, makes one know this is a Very Special Lady, and to be invited to sit on her special part of the earth and enjoy the treat of her hand is truly a dream come true for this aspiring cookbook writer.Read more ›
A less authentic cookbook would send readers to the store to buy jerk seasoning, but Delicious Jamaica teaches users how to make jerk seasoning (dry and moist), instead of merely relying on bottle and jars.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that Delicious Jamaica contextualizes Jamaican food and culture. I learned:
* Jamaican rhythm does not generally include courses of meals such as appetizers, desserts, etc.
* Jerking was perfected by Maroons
* The word Jamaica derives from the Taino word, Xaymaca
* Ben Johnson Day refers to Fridays, when not much food is in the house and a market visit is necessary
The succinct historical notes evidence the author, Sobers, is a blood and love Jamaican. She continues to make her home on the island on which she was born and therefore knows the recipes that must be included in any authentic Jamaican cookbook.
Delicious Jamaica shares "essential" Jamaican recipes such as the Stamp and Go, Run Down, Fried Plantains, Callalu, and Ackee & Fish (with "tofish"/tofu instead of fish). As well, there are recipes unfamiliar to me such as Country Style Chocolate, Callalu Lasagna and Lentil Shepherd's Pie. There is a lengthy section on beverages, which includes my favorite, Sorrell, and a "Granny's Kitchen" section.Read more ›
DELICIOUS JAMAICA emphasizes Jamaican improvisation on basic traditional recipes influenced by the Africans, Spanish, English, Indians, Asians, and Arawak Indians who make up the Jamaican melting pot and the cook's intuitive feel for available ingredients and cultural influences, measures and quantities, seasonings and textures. It's highly readable and once I picked it up for the first time I couldn't put it down until I read it from cover to cover.
My favorite recipes so far are the Jerk Tofu, Rice and Peas, Steamed Callalu, and Fried Ripe Plantains. There are so many more recipes I am eager to try and I have every confidence in their success.
Thank you, Yvonne McCalla Sobers, for this marvelous vegetarian cookbook and sharing with us the recipes passed down to you by word of mouth from your African-Jamaican ancestors.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's smaller than I thought. Didn't get alot of meal ideas but good for appetizers and treats.Published 23 months ago by Liz Grandison
Love reading through this cookbook. Although I have not made any of the recipes so far, but I enjoyed reading this. Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by Jan Bennicoff
My husband is really loving the recipes. My friends are enjoying it too. I've always known how to cook flesh island style but lacked on the veggies.Published on March 16, 2013 by Angela H
The book came much earlier than I expected. Thanks very much.
I must say I was a little desappointed with the content. Read more
I am Jamaican and I've found that these recipes are quite bland. All of our traditional dishes are included in this book though.Published on January 13, 2011 by Nitrous