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Tastes Like Home: My Caribbean Cookbook Paperback – December 1, 2010

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About the Author

Cynthia Nelson grew up in Guyana cooking alongside her mom and aunt. Working in the Caribbean media for many years, Cynthia has travelled the region savouring and learning the cuisine of the Caribbean. Cynthia s musings on food and life regularly appear in publications in the Caribbean and North America, including Stabroek News newspaper (Guyana); Caribbean Belle magazine (Trinidad) and City Style and Living magazine (Canada). She is Contributing Writer at About.com, owned by The New York Time Company and is the author of the award winning blog.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ian Randle Publishers,Jamaica; First Edition edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9766375194
  • ISBN-13: 978-9766375195
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #716,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Are you from the Caribbean? Have a significant other who is or just interested in good Caribbean food then pick up a copy of this book. The recipes are great, detailed and come with amazing photos, Roti and dhal puri which has eluded me can be easily made there are step by step photos showing you exactly what to do. I've been reading Cynthia Nelson's Blog [...]for a while now searching it for recipes of home that i could try and had yet found one to fail me. I went from being someone who everyone knew didn't cook (rather i hardly knew how) to someone people would ask "did you cook this i thought u didn't cook" I'd just smile to myself and mentally thank her.

I've had other copies of caribbean cookbooks, being guyanese I own [[ASIN:1405013133 What's Cooking in Guyana] one of these books that have everything you could possibly think of, it's dog eared and stained but cooking from it at times were a trial as there were only a few photos in the middle of the book and quite a few of the ingredients were in metric and in fact no longer being cooked with (vetsin). The recipes also were sometimes hit and miss for me. I longed for book with just the food we cooked everyday, and sometimes on special occasions. Nothing too exotic.

I guess you could say that this book for me is the answer to my proverbial prayer. No longer do i have to go skimming cynthia's blog for recipes and printing them out, so much. She has quite a few of them here. So if you want to know how to make good everyday caribbean food, that is simple, no fail and delicious, a great pine tart, cheese roll, or guyanese beef patties look no further.

The book is not just about the recipes.
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It is important to note that there are different areas of the Caribbean and the flavors of the Spanish, Dutch, and British Caribbean are often distinct even from one another. There are many recipes here that cross those divides- but I would say these are the flavors of the Afro- Caribbean and the West Indies specifically Guyana, Trinidad and Barbados. The author notes these foods were "flavored" by its migration heritage. Which is probably why the variety is so delightful. Of all the Caribbean food realms out there- I really enjoy these flavors the most. TASTE LIKE HOME is the most comprehensive and well written cookbook of these flavors.
I want to cook what I've tasted and thoroughly enjoyed- often recipes miss that mark. This book will NOT disappoint. Caribbean cooking is an art form. No two recipes for a popular dish seem identical -even in the same households and often -even from the same cooks. Many Caribbean cooks, when detailing recipes tell you some of this, a pinch of that- and give you four alternative ingredients. It's almost as if the recipes are a protected secret! There needs to be a solid foundation on which to build flavors. This book will give it to you.
It is beautifully written with inspiring, nostalgic stories and then there's the recipes. Details with such beautiful pictures. The stories and recipes speak to my imagination, memories-that seem to cross cultures and age, and my palate. Those elusive flavors come to light here. This is a must buy.
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This book is excellent in providing instructions, but also explaining the nuanced techniques of these Caribbean favorites and the cultural significance of the dishes. Instructions are clear and concise with helpful tips and photos and recipes use cup measures, so one doesn't need a scale for measurements. I've been searching for a Caribbean cookbook that features "authentic" recipes but doesn't assume I'm an expert in the culture and this is it. I'd be proud to give it to Guyanese family members and American foodies alike and would say it's a huge step towards making Caribbean culture and food accessible to the "mainstream palette" and helping parents pass along their heritage.

Can't say enough about how well the book is done! This is going to be a classic!
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I'm a Guyanese woman living across the country from my mother and other relatives. In my family, as in many West Indian families (most, I imagine) learning to cook these traditional dishes is very haphazard. "You put a handful of this and a palmful of that and then plenty plenty of this other thing and etc., etc."

It's never been any surprise to me that Guyanese cookbooks are so few and far between. Nailing down these recipes with actual measurements is a daunting task. I've been euphoric since discovering Cynthia's blog and was elated when this book came out and I could finally purchase it! There's a diverse range of recipes from sweet to savory.

Reading this is also a pleasure. Every dish brings back my own memories of growing up and I also have a good chuckle when I see the differences between her recipes and the way my relatives prepare certain dishes. In my head, I can hear the echoes of one of my stubborn aunts repeating some mysterious family rule about adding or not adding certain ingredients to certain dishes.

I find this book to be an invaluable starting point for Caribbean (particularly Guyanese) cooking. And I only say "starting point" because, in my case, I'm chasing the flavors of my mother and grandmother. These recipes are like a living heritage. They evolve over generations, are tweaked from family to family, and can meld and mesh nicely with the influence of other culinary cultures.

If you're at all interested in the food of the Anglophone Caribbean, this book is a must-buy!
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