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Eat Caribbean: The Best of Caribbean Cookery [Hardcover]

Virginia Burke
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7 Mar 2005
With previously unpublished recipes and beautiful colour photographs of food and the local landscape, this is a glorious tour around the Caribbean and its culinary delights. The book features both traditional and updated recipes from the different islands and, although the Caribbean has a reputation for hot food, it includes dishes with delicate, evocative flavours. The dishes are simple to make with ingredients that can be found in most major supermarkets. Traditional recipes such as Jerk Chicken vie with modern classics such as Grilled Coconut Shrimp and Sweet Plantain and Ginger Flans. A whole range of recipes is covered, including vegetarian dishes such as Creamed Cassava with Roasted Garlic and desserts like Little Rum and Chocolate Puddings.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (7 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743259483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743259484
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 23.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 651,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Offers a good selection of recipes for jerked foods." --TheWineBuzz" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful companion to have in the kitchen! 5 Dec 2005
By A Customer
I have searched high and low over the past 6 weeks to find a well written, well illustrated caribbean cook book with authentic recipes as a gift for my sister in law, and up until now, have been bitterly disappointed.
This was the 6th book I ordered, and I am pleased to report that it ticked all my boxes and subsequently made me grin from ear to ear.
I am of west indian origin myself, so my standards are quite high, and I can spot a 'fake' a mile off, but you will find all of the 'traditional' recipes in here - curry goat, rice and peas, jerk pork/chicken, ackee & saltfish, fried dumplings etc, plus many many others to give you inspiration. The recipes are authenic, and where appropriate, the author suggests substitute ingredients.
The instructions are clear, well written, thorough, and easy to follow. The colour photographs - and there are lots and lots of them - are unprentious and give you a clear indication of what your finished dish should look like.
I was only intending to purchase 1 book as a christmas gift, but was so pleased with it, I subsequently purchased another one for myself.
I definately think that this is the best caribbean cookery book that Amazon has to offer at the moment, and represents great value for money. I wasn't disappointed, and I don't think you will be either
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for the outdoor cook 11 April 2005
This book is perfect for the outdoor cook, or the indoor cook who has a preference for outdoor food i.e. the barbecue fanatic. I've so far tried out only a handful of recipes and found them easy to follow and successful. No doubt this is a book will get used a lot during the summer (i.e. BBQ weather)! The style of writing is accessible and unpretentious unlike other more notable chefs (a la Nigel Slater / Nigella Lawson et al). The first few chapters also give an insight into the Caribbean life and where the recipes originated. A good all-round book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy! 28 Mar 2014
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My Jamaican boyfriend has this book and after reading it I just had to have a copy. Colourful, brilliant photographs, wonderful recipes. Looking forward to trying lots of these fabulous recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book 21 April 2013
By Sonisha
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i really like cooking from this book. really easy to follow. Great to find didshes my nan used to make.
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5.0 out of 5 stars incredible caribe 18 Jun 2005
By Shawn R. Svoboda - Published on
I actually picked up this book in St. Maarten at the hotel gift shop and immediately began cooking from it! 98% of the ingredients are available in your regular grocery store, a few specialty type items you can get at a gourmet store in your town or on the net. There are also sections within the book that speak to the Caribbean traditions and traditions of the meals and ingredients. Also - each recipe tells you from what Caribbean island it hails from. The recipes are easy to make and totally caribbean and incredibly awesome! So much so that I'm here on Amazon ordering one for my Dad for Fathers Day. If you like to cook - you'll love this book. If you don't like to cook, you'll love it even more because it is a great intro into cooking with dishes you won't be able to mess up! Enjoy!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reminds me of home!! 16 May 2006
By Shancha - Published on
I actually stubbled across this book at the Sangster Airport in Montego Bay Jamaica. After reading about Virginia Burke at the back of the book I realized that she also grew up in the same district as I did in Walkerswood JA. Now that I have a personal connection to this book I was more than eager to begin to try some of the recipes.

The recipes are easy to follow and came out great. This is saying a lot for me since I just started cooking on a regular basis a year ago. What will instantly catch your eye about this book are the vibrant colors and the accruacy of the photos used.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is either a novice or pro in the kitchen, or for anyone interested in trying their hand at cooking Carribean cuisine.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Culinary Trip Through the Islands 23 Sep 2005
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The colorful cover caught my eye, but it's the creative and easy-to-prepare recipes inside that keep me coming back to this book regularly. This cookbook goes way beyond jerk, or adding a little pineapple or coconut to a dish. Author Virginia Burke is true to the cultural origins of dishes and the recipes are presented in an easy-to-understand and unpretentious manner. To my surprise, finding the ingredients in the U.S. has been quite managable. I have seen this author on TV once, and think she deserves a cooking show of her own. How fun it would be to take a weekly culinary trip through the islands with Virginia Burke.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 21 May 2007
By Adam - Published on
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First, this book is beautiful to look at... great photos, full of colours, very Caribbean.

Then the recipes are very appealing and mouth watering and they don't come accross as too difficult to execute.

And most off all, so far all the recipes I have tried turned out to taste great and also look good.

I live in the Caribbean and the recipes in that book really seem to represent the islands.

The best cookery book I have bought in a long time.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chefs Review 16 Aug 2007
By Gregory Hurley - Published on
As an Executive Chef who specializes in Caribbean Style product development I found it very refreshing to see such a wonderful example of a Caribbean Cookbook. I found the recipes to be clear, easy to follow and in some respects very creative. The photography is truly stunning and for once doesn't focus on sandy beaches and palm trees. The only thing I would like to have seen were some more modern recipes, maybe next time Virginia.
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