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A very poor take on Jamaican cuisine,
This review is from: Lucinda's Authentic Jamaican Kitchen (Hardcover)
I've read the other reviews posted, and think anyone buying this should ask what an Italian-American would know about genuine Jamaican cuisine? This book contains recipes that have been adapted to suit a westernised market, and does little to reflect the recipes that are handed down through generations. Also, some of the ingredients she used I've never seen in Jamaica. None of the 'authentic' recipes universally cooked, such as Brown Stew Chicken, and Stew Peas and Rice, Pig Tail Soup and Chicken Foot Soup, Blue Drawers, etc, aren't even in this book. Oh, and Fufu's an African dish - it's sad that she can't even tell the difference between the two cultures!
I suggest you stick to Levi Roots - at least he's Jamaican.
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Initial post: 23 Jan 2014 00:49:01 GMT
Thank you for your feedback. Well, I just looked on a few recipes and thought "this book is not for me".
I guess the author may have travelled the globe and got confused with the East and the West (LOL).
How could she be so bold to use the word "Authentic" as part of the title????
International Food would be a more appropriate title.
Posted on 23 Jan 2014 00:50:23 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2014 19:16:17 GMT
Mary Seacole says:
I make Caribbean cakes for a living (this is not intended to be a plug) and a lot of my customers ask me if I can make Jamaican food they have tasted either at a friend's house or on holiday in Jamaica. It's sad that anyone buying this book will do so believing the recipes will taste anything like the food they experienced. The whole point of the post was to warn people not to be disappointed if they buy the book and the result doesn't turn out as they expected. I don't know where this woman got her recipes from but I suggest "The Real Taste of Jamaica" by Enid Donaldson, which I actually bought in Jamaica but have seen on Amazon. Don't waste your money on this book. Where's Trading Standards when you need them?!
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