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Tastes Like Home: My Caribbean Cookbook Paperback – December 1, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.
Can't say enough about how well the book is done! This is going to be a classic!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is true to the Caribbean flavors. I cooked most of the recipes and it was easy to follow and prepare.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It's a really great book but still lacks in some recipes that I want like chicken foot, black pudding aka blood pudding , mithai, fudge and more. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jessica
Very good book, I especially enjoyed the alternatives to some of the traditional Dhal recipes.Published 11 months ago by Martin J De Leon
Best Caribbean cook book, tried a few recipes and results were perfect!Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
The editing isn't perfect but it still makes for a great read. I absolutely love the stories, history and anecdotes that go along with the fabulous recipes. Read morePublished 19 months ago by smiley