Paperback: 134 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 2, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #731,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #112 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Regional & International > Caribbean & West Indian
This recipe book was really worth the price with easy to follow directions and easy to get ingredients here in the States. It's hard not to recommend this book since the results turned out to be so delicious and true to an authentic Jamaican taste. With over 50 recipes, it was quite a deal for me. If anyone is looking for a really good Jamaican recipe cookbook that gives the best value and taste--get this book. I simply love it!
Thank you, thank you. I needed this cookbook since my grandmother and aunts would just make the food for me instead of showing me or writing down my favorite foods. I need to cook Jamaican dishes for my children since they are not used to eating them without a big family event. Author Karen Reynolds James includes the two rice recipes I know how to made: pigeon peas and rice (page 66) and rice and peas (page 71). However, she included pumpkin rice (page 69) which is a great treat for me to have with the family. The two recipes that I just needed to know how to make are Easter Bun (page 88) and Black Cake (page 90). Her recipes are simple and easy to read and make. The ingredients are quite easily available to get at the regular supermarket or local market. She also includes traditional drinks and the beef patty recipe. Yum! The only complaint is the pictures are in black and white and are "lacklusted." The photos could have been in color or more in focus. With that said, I like this book a lot. It is basic and still allows me to add my personality to my home cooking.
I've been looking for some new recipes to try out lately, some new dishes to learn to cook, and, as I've always been particularly find of Jamaican dishes, I thought I would give this book a try. Right off the bat, the pictures of the dishes all look amazing and delicious; you really can't wait to try all of them to see if they taste as amazing as they look, once you look through the entire book. And let me tell you: they taste even more amazing than the pictures make you think they do.This book is so well organized, the recipes so easy to follow, that I really can't think of a better book to recommend if you're looking to try your hand at some Jamaican cuisine, as these dishes all seem to turn out amazingly.Truly, this is a cookbook I will be referring to for years to come whenever I have a taste for some Jamaican, it's just that great.
I made the oxtail stew with gungo (pigeon peas) beans and rice and it came out GREAT! I can't wait to try the other recipes!
I'm a Jamaican who has lived in the US since I was a young child, but even I know that a real Jamaican would never make rice and peas with can peas! Maybe I would... but not my mother or grandmother. It would have been nice if the author had put both recipes for the rice and peas and not just the one that uses the can. The rice and peas recipe was the main reason why I bought this book. I married an Italian man that loves his pasta, so I haven't ventured into many variations of Jamaican cooking, and wanted to know how to make authentic Jamaican rice and peas. I was surprised and disappointed that the author chose the can recipe over the traditional way in a Jamaican cookbook! On the upside though, I was pleasantly surprised by the selection of the other recipes. Most of it are what I grew up with and are interested in knowing how to cook. I just hope there is no other alterations.
For most good cookbooks, you have to fork over a bunch of cash, but this one was the exception. With a ton of recipes, most of which I will probably never use (they are still probably delicious) and simple directions, this cookbook has some pretty good recipes in it. I have many recipes that are favorites of mine and I will be using this book any time I want some Jamaican food.
As a half jamaican engaged to a full bred jamaican, I can say these recipes were spot on and authentic.What I didn't like was that it wasn't hardcover!!! That's not really the publisher or "s fault (I should have looked)All in All its a good cookbook with authentic jamaican recipes for you to "yam" on.
This is the best Jamaican cookbook I bought thus far. This is easy to conclude because I tried others and hey were not to my liking. I love to try other styles of cooking to experience a new taste and flavor so I decided to get this book. The 12 recipes I tried already were quite similar to the better tasting Jamaican meals I tried while I was on the island on vacation. This recipe book did not disappoint. Happy I chose this Jamaican recipe book because it is well presented with easy to follow instructions. Clearly a better taste above the rest!
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