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Levi Roots' Reggae Reggae Cookbook [Hardcover]

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Book Description

2 Jun 2008

TV chef, dragon slayer and bestselling author Levi Roots brings carnival to the kitchen with his hot'n'spicy Caribbean cookbook.

After winning over the business minds of The Dragon's Den with little more than a song and a smile, entrepreneur Levi Roots has since sold more than one million bottles of his delicious Reggae Reggae Sauce and now he has his very own cookbook!

Levi Roots’ Reggae Reggae Cookbook brings the excitement and vitality of Caribbean flavours to your own cooking. An eclectic and colourful range of recipes from simple dishes for students to fantastic feasts for friends are all accompanied by heart-warming anecdotes in Levi's incomparable tell-it-like-it-is style. This bright and colourful book brings together influences as diverse as Jamaican folk tales, Notting Hill Carnival and the music of Bob Marley to create family-friendly food with that famous jerk kick. Levi Roots’ Reggae Reggae Cookbook will surely add a funky beat to what you eat!

Levi Roots’ Reggae Reggae Cookbook features more than 80 simple and exciting recipes such as Mash-Up Eggs, Salmon St Jago de la Vega , Guinness Punch, Rum Cake and Sweet Potato Pudding. Levi also offers a diverse range of vegetarian dishes and puts a Caribbean twist on classic European favourites such as pizza and pasta.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (2 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000727596X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007275960
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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Waterstone's Books Quarterly "Reading it you can imagine yourself sitting under a tropical sun sipping a frozen mango daiquiri and savouring a plate of jerk chicken."

'The Independent “Winning recipes”

Heat magazine “If you want a barbecue with a difference this summer, look no further.”

The Independent, 50 Best Cookbooks “This book’s menu of dishes – from mash-up eggs and Guinness punch to sweet-potato pudding – proves there’s more to Jamaican cooking than goat curry.”

Hot Stars "Accompanied by Levi’s own anecdotes, these dishes are sure to spice up every mealtime!”

4Food (Channel Four Food) "Levi Roots has gone from budding entrepreneur and musician to the established face of Caribbean food in the UK in just 10 months."

About the Author

Levi Roots is a Reggae musician, chef and entrepreneur. He has performed with James Brown and Maxi Priest and was nominated for a MOBO award in 1998. He gained widespread fame after appearing on the UK television programme Dragons' Den looking for funding for his "Reggae Reggae Sauce". He now creates delicious West Indian recipes in the kitchen of his South London restaurant.

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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Jamaica... 18 July 2008
Ahh... The memories of my mothers cooking when she was alive came flooding back once I purchased this book. I know how to cook the recipes but I wanted to have the book as a momento as I never write my recipies down.

It isn't just a cookbook, the book interspersed with stories of Levi's upbring and his adventures as a young man.He is an amazing man just like a lot of older Jamaicans. There are also beautiful pictures of the island rickety old signs that have fallen down but still manage to sucessfully advertise the spicy, delicious food to be had in the next building, lol.

This book is lovely. A pleasure to have at my house and the recipes are all authentic, rustic Jamaican cooking. It actually makes you feel good. Break out the rum punch and have a pattie cooked and prepared by your own hand and you'll never look back.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh Caribbean air ... 31 July 2008
By Juno
If you're fed up with cook books stuffed with airy fairy recipes that you'll never use, then I think you'll love this one. Clear, simple, entertaining, and a right good read, I think it's one of the best cook books I've read in a long while.

I had no idea who Levi Roots was until I picked this up in the book shop the other day (I don't watch TV and was never into reggae) but if he's half as warm in person as he comes over in his book, then he must be a really nice guy!

Buy it - I think you'll like it.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love reggae reggae food! 22 Aug 2008
My friend bought me this book because she knew I was a great fan of Dragons Den and she had seen me consume a fair few bottles of Reggae Reggae Sauce since it hit the shelves.

Firstly I took a flick through the book and read Levi's amazing life story which really helps to give you an idea of the Jamaican culture behind the food. And then I threw myself right in because I was inspired by the food on offer. I prepared a meal for my housemates which they loved. The next day I baked a Jamaican Ginger Cake because I really like the cake you can buy - Levi's recipe is a lot better!

Do yourself a favour and put some music in your food! I hope I can gather some friends together and prepare some Jamaican dishes and drinks for them all to enjoy. Even better, everyone help out in the cooking, put some music on, and enjoy the energy of the food.

If Reggae Reggae Sauce and this book are anything to go by, then I really hope that Levi Root's restaurants take off because there is certainly space for Jamaican food in this country. Please do another book with more recipe's!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irie! 7 Aug 2008
We've been following Levi's progress since seeing him impress the dragons on Dragon's Den & we're SO pleased to see him come so far in such a short period of time. If ever there was a person who was deserving a 'leg up' in the business world, it's Levi! We've bought the sauces so we just HAD to buy the book!

Coming from a caribbean background myself, I was so pleased to see these traditional recipes that are usualy passed down from generation to generation, published for all to enjoy. I also love the personal touch of Levi adding a little bit about himself, his upbringing in Jamaica & his life here-a really nice touch & a superbly refreshing change from the usual mundane cookbook genre. We can't wait to get cooking & put some of our own music in our food!

Congratulations on your success, Levi! May you go from strength to strength!

Just to add, ordered on 2nd, received today(7th)-well within estimated delivery, excellent service!
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59 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put some music in your food! 7 Jun 2008
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Like many people I watched Levi Roots on Dragons Den...

...and was delighted he got his money.

I have also enjoyed many bottles of his sauce, which is wonderful and so with eager anticipation I pre-ordered this book which has just arrived.

From the foreword by Peter Jones, to the Levi Roots story it is a fun but inspiring read.

But then there are the incredible recipies. (After all that is what a cookbook is all about!)

So many cookbooks today seem to have the same old recipies in them, just with a few celebrity tweaks here and there. I mean how many new ways are there with Lasagna?

This is a million miles from those books. The recipies are authentic, different and so far are easy to cook. They seem to sum up (even though I have yet to visit the Carribbean) the vibrancy and simplicity of rural Caribbean cooking.

I am really looking forward to cooking my way through this book, which has been an inspiration to read.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Levi Roots cook book 18 Dec 2009
By Loz
If i could give this a 10 star rating I would! I already had Carribeean food made easy book, which is great, this just adds to easy authentic West Indian cooking recipes. Definately but this book, it is as good as his one that was on BBC, and does not duplicate any recipes. I have made loads of the recipes and they all turned out perfectly! I would give this book as a present, or just buy it for yourself some for excellent food!!!!!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real old school cooking 27 Oct 2008
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What a brilliant and talented man. His dishes are easy to make and the good thing about all of the dishes in the book is that you can get the ingredients even in your local supermarket, if you have no good markets near you. The recipies when cooked taste like your mum's, grandmother's and if you lucky to have tasted ypur great granny's cooking then its like a blast from the past on your taste buds.
For All those young and old fellow british caribbeans that have lost the way and art of cooking due to whatever reasons, will find their way inside levi Roots Reggae Reggae Cookbook.
This is probably one of the best caribbean cook books out, and is far from intimidating as many other books can be.
It's absolutely a great book; A must buy.
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