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Caribbean Food Made Easy [Hardcover]

Levi Roots
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4 Aug 2009 Made Easy
In the BBC2 programme, "Caribbean Food Made Easy", Levi Roots travels around the UK and the Caribbean and reveals how delicious Caribbean food can be prepared at home with easy-to-prepare, mouth-watering recipes using fresh, healthy and readily-available ingredients. The show, made by BBC Scotland, will consist of four 30-minute prime-time shows from 8-8.30 pm, including 3-4 dishes per programme. The accompanying cookbook includes 100 delicious Caribbean recipes, including all of those that appear on the TV programme.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley; Reprint edition (4 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845335252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845335250
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19.7 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Levi Roots is a cook, entrepreneur and musician and his rise to fame is one of the UK's most heart-warming business success stories. His appearance on BBC Two's Dragon's Den resulted in two of the five judges committing £25,000 each to his Reggae Reggae Sauce brand, which is now stocked in all major supermarkets in the UK and and extended to a range of new flavours and products.

Levi also creates delicious West Indian recipes in the kitchen of his new South London eatery, Papine Jerk Centre and as a successful reggae musician; he has performed with James Brown, was close friends with Bob Marley, has sung to Nelson Mandela, and was nominated for a MOBO award in 1998. His Roots Reggae album is coming out soon.

Levi's first cookbook, the Reggae Reggae Cookbook was published last year and he currently lives and works in South London.

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The photographs convey a real sense of the Caribbean and the instructions are accessible for inexperienced cooks --BBC Good Food

Vibrant photographs that convey the texture and taste of spicy Caribbean food --Daily Express

The photos alone are enough to make your mouth water! 5 Stars… --Hot Stars/ OK Magazine

About the Author

Levi has since launched Levi Roots' Love Apple Tomato Sauce and Levi Roots' Fiery Guava Dipping Sauce, and six cooking sauces are currently in the pipeline. Reggae-Reggae burgers can be found in bar and pub chains across the country, and Subway sells a Reggae Reggae Chicken Sub in its UK outlets. Levi's first cookbook, the Reggae Reggae Cookbook, published by Collins this year, has been a great success. Levi creates delicious West Indian recipes in the kitchen of his new South London restaurant, Papine Jerk Centre. As a successful reggae musician, he has performed with James Brown, was close friends with Bob Marley, has sung to Nelson Mandela, and was nominated for a MOBO award in 1998. His Roots Reggae album is coming out soon.

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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a gwaan? Great stuff ! 25 Aug 2009
Watched the first episode of this series last night and quite enjoyed it, I have also had this book for a good two weeks and put it to the test (or taste?) at least 5-6 times so far.
All the recipes are explained very clearly, the pictures just make your mouth water and the results are fab and seriously tasty.
I haven't used Scotchbonnet peppers yet as they are fierce but regular hot peppers are fine and can obviously be adjusted to taste to enjoy all the other flavours, and there are plenty... (This to answer any criticism that Scotchbonnets are hard to find or the food too spicy).
My children spent last summer with their Jamaican grandparents and they were literally jumping up and down when looking at the lovely pictures, memories, memories...They bookmarked most of the fish and chicken recipes, so I do not have to look too far for inspiration these days...
In short, just love this book and its tasty offerings.
Thanks Levi for bringing the sunshine in !
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carribean Delight 12 Oct 2009
I purchased this book as I was very interested in Levi Roots' recent television show. I fully expected not to be able to cook all of the recipes or perhaps not even tobe able to resource all of the ingredients. I was wrong! The book is wonderfully easy to read, has easy to follow recipes and details stockists of the more obscure products but luckily there are not many. levi gives guidance on how to make your own spice mixes and stocks where appropriate. Overall the ingredients are on the shelves in every high street supermarket. The recipes are delicious right down to the prawn pasta which tastes wonderfully fresh and authentic despite being a fairly simple recipe. This book is an absolute winner and I am going to cook everything in it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great receipe book 3 Jan 2010
This book does what it says 'made easy'. Being from a carribean background, I tend not to buy carribean recipe books as I know all the recipies already, but this book has some ones that I have not come accross and it also contains recipes that we all know but with an interesting twist. Well illustrated and easy directions- I cannot wait to do the lamb shank with grenadine. hmmmmm

Well done Levi Roots!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah Man !!! 16 Sep 2009
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He first book was excellent, bought some much back. Mostly Flavour. This book does it again, making cooking easy for those who miss our wonderful mums home cooking......from Kingston....Yeah Man !!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Homecoming Lamb is delicious.... 15 Sep 2009
....as is the puerto rican chicken and rice, the rundown and pepperpot. All these recipes have worked well but the lamb has been my personal favourite, as the flavours were amazing. I also loved the pictures and the TV programme. What a shame the BBC did not commission more than 4 episodes.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect introduction to Carribean cooking 11 Aug 2009
By Dee
I am so glad I bought this book. I love Carribean food but have never tried cooking it at home. The receipes are explained very clearly with origins behind some of the reciepes. Very colourful book, highly recommended. I can't wait to get started on the dishes, especially my fave - Curried goat.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Martinique Chicken Curry 4 Sep 2009
Just received my book and last night tried the Martinique Chicken Curry.

I have always been at a bit of a loss in the kitchen department but to be honest the recipes are so easy you would have to be a total idiot for it to be a disaster.

Suffice to say, it was a success. Some friends called over just before dinner and they had a little taste....normally there would be lots of mickey taking where my cooking is involved but the comments were...' Oh my god that's delicious'...'HHHmmmmmm...thats gorgeous'....and yes, its a first for me.

I think I've found a style of cooking that agrees with me....
Buy the book
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some like it hot! 22 Sep 2009
If you're not sure who Levi Roots is, he's the dread-locked singer who slayed the Dragons of the Dragons' Den with his Reggae Reggae Sauce a couple of years back.

I like to buy cook books, but I'm a 'sit and eat a crunchie whilst looking at the pictures' sort of cook and although the images looked appetising, I thought the book would just join the others in the cupboard.


The first thing that I made were the pecan and pumpkinseed muffins - and they were delicious. I didn't have pecans, but I substituted broken walnuts and they were delightful. I made them with two small boys who pretty much wolfed them down before they had even cooled!

The second dish was the honey, grenadine and ginger roasted lamb with pomegranate and mint salad. It was absolutely divine! In fact, my mouth is watering just thinking about it!

What I liked about it is that SO FAR just about everything is available to me in some form or another (dried/tinned). I live on a small Scottish island and I can't honestly say that about several of my other cookery books.

Why have I not given the book 5 stars? Well, I would have given it 4.5* if I could have. And my only criticism is the HEAT!!!!! Scotch Bonnets are absolutely fearsome, heatwise - only a well-seasoned (pun!) chili fan will be able to take the full heat of some of the unaltered recipes ;-)

However, you don't need to use the Scotch Bonnets - use something larger and milder. It might take one wrong meal to find out what's to your taste - but after that, Levi Roots' book will add a whole new chapter to your cooking.

Mr Roots isn't a fancy chef, he's a cook - and a rather good one ;-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat
An excellent book everything we have tried has been a real treat to eat. very easy to follow instructions
Published 1 month ago by ladyasda1
5.0 out of 5 stars Food heaven.
Never stop using it and the family enjoy every meal.
Published 1 month ago by JFBitmead
5.0 out of 5 stars good food
This is a great cook book for anyone wanting to eat carribian food always liked levi ever since dragons den
Published 2 months ago by Pete
4.0 out of 5 stars Yum. Yum
Great cookbook tested it quite a lot last winter , couldn't write about it before cis hadn't cooked, came quickly and will use often I think
Published 3 months ago by Kirkeval3
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Levi
Love this book, great recipes and the cocktails are absolutely lush! Great recipes for when you are entertaining a big group of people.
Published 7 months ago by kuljit
4.0 out of 5 stars Caribbean reference cook book
So many islands, so many variations on a theme, I use this book as a reference to caribbean dishes. Colourful presentation, easy to follow menues, almost transporting you to the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by V M.
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This book - is great and easy to follow- very easy to understand recipes - easy to get hold of Ingredient's- on your local high street - is not boring has pictures of Caribbean and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Martin Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill
I find inspiration from Levi and this book has made me really appreciate good food made simple. I recommend. The recipes are great. You'll be a concert. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Emily Chapman
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