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Yello Book Club: Five ‘Must-Read’ Caribbean Cookbooks

by Karen Rollins Apr 22, 2019

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Everyone knows that Caribbean people love their food!

Every island has its own cooking style, but they all draw on similar ancestral influences from Africa, Asia and Europe to create a distinctive West Indian taste.

If you’re looking to up your game in the kitchen and impress guests with your culinary skills, maybe you should consider buying one or more of these recommended Caribbean cookbooks from the Yello Book Club.

Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed by Byrant Terry

An Amazon bestseller, this book from respected chef Bryant Terry, contains more than 100 plant-based recipes which are bound to impress vegans, vegetarians and even devout meat eaters.

Drawing on Bryant’s own childhood memories of classic South American dishes, Afro-Vegan “reworks and remixes the favourite staples, ingredients, and classic dishes of the African Diaspora” into a new blend of healthy culinary delights.

In addition, as well as several fresh and innovative recipes such as ‘Caribbean-inspired Cocoa Spice Cake with Crystallised Ginger’ and ‘Creamy Coconut-Cashew Soup with Okra, Corn, and Tomatoes,’ the author also provides suggestions for self-improvement books and music tracks from around the world.

The Spice Necklace: My Adventures in Caribbean Cooking, Eating, and Island Life by Ann Vanderhoof 

‘The Spice Necklace’ was written by award-winning food and travel writer Ann Vanderhoof as she sailed around the Caribbean with her husband Steve.

During her adventure Ann “gathers nutmeg in Grenada, hunts crabs and freshwater crayfish in the mountains of Dominica and obsesses about oregano-eating goats in the Dominican Republic.”

Every chapter is bursting with colour and flavour, countless intriguing characters and inspirational stories, and ends with a mouth-watering recipe for the reader to try.

Caribbean Vegan: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion by Taymer Mason 

Written by Barbadian chef Taymer Mason, ‘Caribbean Vegan: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion,’ contains 75 recipes aimed at anyone looking to introduce more fruit and vegetables into their diet.

Taymer’s comprehensive cooking guide contains sweet and savoury breakfasts; tempting main meals; modern twists on old favourites; nourishing smoothies and sweet desserts.

The cookbook also offers practical tips such as how to cut a breadfruit or choose a ripe coconut. It is a must-have for people who suffer from food allergies or anyone who wants to eat cleaner and healthier.

Caribbean Food Made Easy by Levi Roots

Cook and entrepreneur Levi Roots became famous after appearing on the UK’s version of Dragon’s Den looking for investment in his ‘Reggae Reggae Sauce’.

Levi won over the judges and his sauce is now stocked in all major supermarkets in the UK and has sold millions of bottles.

‘Caribbean Food Made Easy’ is based on his BBC 2 show which followed Levi on a culinary journey across the UK and the Caribbean where he showed the audience delicious and tasty West Indian recipes that can be cooked in any kitchen.

The book contains more than 100 dishes with easy-to-find ingredients and simple techniques, all infused with Levi’s bubbly personality and Caribbean flair.

Original Flava Caribbean Cookbook: Authentic & Modern recipes 2017 by Shaun & Craig McAnuff

Shaun and Craig McAnuff are two brothers from South London with Jamaican heritage who were taught to cook by their mother.

The McAnuff’s gained a following for their cooking after posting a series of one-minute videos on YouTube showing people how to create simple but tasty Caribbean dishes.

Their debut Caribbean cookbook has over 70 ‘authentic and modern’ Caribbean recipes. It also includes, “tricks and tips in the kitchen, funny and inspiring family stories and an insight into Caribbean food and cultural in South London.”

We hope you enjoyed these Yello Book Club cookbook recommendations. If you’d like more please look at our previous suggestions on business, self-help and autobiographical books .

Sources: Amazon / Good Reads / Waterstones / Barnes & Noble