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Authentic Multi-Cultural Caribbean Recipes, Cuisine and Cookbook

Updated on September 10, 2014
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Ms. Vincent is an M.B.A graduate, Business Consultant and health, wellness & natural healing enthusiast, who reads a lot on those subjects.

The Multi-Cultural Cuisine of Trinidad & Tobago & the Caribbean Authentic Caribbean Cookbook and Recipes

Authentic Caribbean Cookbook and Recipes
Authentic Caribbean Cookbook and Recipes | Source

Authentic Caribbean Cuisine in 1 Recipe Cookbook!

I was born in the Caribbean, grew up in the Caribbean and I have been cooking Caribbean foods for more than 30 years now. So trust me when I tell you that I KNOW about real, authentic Caribbean cooking and cuisines.

Added to that, I have visited and lived in other Caribbean countries and delighted in the discovery of subtle differences in food recipes and cooking preparations among the Caribbean islands.

Take a simple side dish recipe like Callaloo. While Grenadians generally prepare it by itself with some coconut milk, you cannot convince a Trinidadian that you have cooked Callaloo unless it has lots of Ochro in it.

My mother taught me to cook from around age 12 and I was a member of the Brownies Association and Girl Guides Association where I earned my cooking badge.Now I am not boasting but I can cook up a really good meal. I also have good measurement skills so I can make a good average estimate of ingredients without having to actually weight or measure them out.

One really funny/amusing thing about my cooking that I remember when growing up is that my sister would always complain whenever I cooked a really good dish that I was too exact in my measurements. So there was always enough for our family of 7 but never any leftovers so that she could have a second serving.

I have seen lots of 'so-called' Caribbean cookbooks but when I perused the 256 pages of this cookbook with its more than 700 recipes at a Trinidadian bookstore in 2004 (Yep! That's how long I have had it), I knew it was a keeper.

So stick around with me! I'll be sharing with you some of my very own Caribbean recipes as well as a bit more about some of the key reasons why I LOVE this Caribbean cookbook and its delicious Caribbean cuisine recipes.

Authentic Caribbean Cookbook and Recipes

5 stars for Multi-Cultural Cuisine of Trinidad & the Caribbean
The Multi-Cultural Cuisine of Trinidad & Tobago & the Caribbean
The Multi-Cultural Cuisine of Trinidad & Tobago & the Caribbean

This is the Authentic Caribbean cookbook that I will be telling you all about in this lens (article).

 

Your Caribbean Cooking Experience

Have you ever tried cooking a Caribbean recipe/Caribbean dish before?

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What I LOVE MOST about this Caribbean Cookbook!

Carrot, Sweet Pepper,Thyme & Onion - Seasonings & Vegetables
Carrot, Sweet Pepper,Thyme & Onion - Seasonings & Vegetables | Source

What I LOVE MOST about this Caribbean Cookbook!

Firstly, it is very well organized and the more than 700 recipes are grouped by course and category (appetizers, soups, salads, fish & seafood, meat, rice and pasta, desserts, cakes, filling & frostings, beverages, vegetarian recipes, diet recipes etc.) Plus there’s an alphabetical listing of the recipes at the end of the cookbook for easy referencing.

Secondly, alongside each recipe there is a small ‘Nutrition Facts’ label which provides information on the amount of nutrients found in 1 serving of the particular recipe.

Thirdly, there is a very helpful section at the very beginning of the cookbook which treats with conversion of solid and liquid measurement, oven temperature and ingredient substitution. So whatever part of the world you are this cookbook makes it easy for you to bring Caribbean Cuisine into your very own kitchen.

Fourthly, because the book originates in Trinidad & Tobago, you are also exposed to East Indian, Chinese and Syrian Lebanese recipes, since there is a significant amount of persons of East Indian descent living there and a smaller population of Chinese and Syrian Lebanese descendants. There are also some recipes unique to specific countries that have been included, such as Oil Down from Grenada, Beef Patties from Jamaica, Pepperpot from Guyana etc.

Want an Idea of Some of These Caribbean Recipes?

Macaroni Pie - Vegetable Pie - Pasta Recipe - Vegetable Recipe
Macaroni Pie - Vegetable Pie - Pasta Recipe - Vegetable Recipe | Source

Your Caribbean Taste Test

Which one of these Caribbean recipes would you want to try first, if you had the opportunity?

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What's Inside This Cookbook?

I grew up eating meat but I have now become a Pesca-Ovo Vegetarian, which means that I no longer eat meat but that I eat fish and egg based foods. So, all of my recipes that I will share with you in this lens (article) are meatless.

This cookbook, however, includes recipes with all sorts of fish and meats as well as meatless recipes. There are 2 small sections with some recipes for vegetarians and persons who are diabetic. So you’ll discover how to make Diabetic Fruit Cake, for those who just can’t do without their fruit cake over the Christmas holidays, Sugarless Carrot Cake and Diet Angel Food Cake.

There’s also a small section with delicious microwave recipes such as Chilli-Cheese Corn Bread, Crabmeat Quiche and Carrot Nut Loaf.

Then there’s a Miscellaneous Section with interesting substitution recipes that show you how to make certain ingredients if you don’t have them readily available to you. So if you don’t have coconut milk, cottage cheese, cream cheese, condensed milk or yoghurt, this cookbook shows you how to make those ingredients using other more common ingredients that you’re bound to have in your kitchen.

Finally, I am going to tease you with some of the Caribbean recipes in this book.

Have you ever heard of or tasted any of these finger licking good Caribbean food recipes as yet?

-Breadfruit Chips- Curried Crab & Dumplings- Saltfish Cakes- Geera Pork- Green Fig & Saltfish Pie- Souse- Callaloo Soup- Corn Soup

2 More of the REAL Thing - Authentic Caribbean Cookbooks!

Tastes Like Home: My Caribbean Cookbook
Tastes Like Home: My Caribbean Cookbook

This is another authentic Caribbean cookbook that I highly recommend. It is authored by Guyanese born food enthusiast and blogger, Cynthia Nelson, who shares more than 100 recipes from all over the Caribbean, including her home country Guyana.

 
The Real Taste of Jamaica
The Real Taste of Jamaica

This cookbook, although heavily focused on Jamaican cooking and cuisine, is another authentic Caribbean cookbook filled with over 200 traditional and popular recipes by the well renowned and very Jamaican Ms. Donaldson who “ captures the flavour of Jamaica”. Again I highly recommend it!

 

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      You're welcome, Alicia! Thanks for visiting. Have a fabulous Sunday and a blessed week ahead.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like a great cookbook, Heidi. Thanks for sharing the review!

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Heidi, another winning hub. You just make everything sound and look so good. I just had dinner and I'm hungry for something from the islands....guess I'll just have to start learning right here.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      another winning recipe, yum Heidi! - it looks great here on hub

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @asereht1970: Thanks for your visit and compliment, asereht1970. Thanks for visiting. Enjoy the rest of your Saturday and have a blessed week ahead!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @masunyoananda: You're very welcome, masunyoananda! I am thrilled that you will bookmark and give these delicious recipes a try. Enjoy them as much as I do. Thanks for visiting. Enjoy the rest of your Saturday and have a blessed week ahead!

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      They all look so delicious!

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      masunyoananda 3 years ago

      Your recipes sound delicious. I am going to bookmark this page so as to try them later. Thanks a lot for sharing....:)

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @paulahite: Thanks you so very much,Paula. I am honoured. Thanks for visiting and sharing it in Squidoo's Google Page. Enjoy the rest of your week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Kim Milai: Glad you enjoyed my lens, kimmilai! Now about the Johny cake. If it's what I think you are speaking about, kimmilai, we call it corn bread. Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of your week.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @smine27: Well enjoy when you try them, smine27! Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of your week.

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Awesome! Shared on our G+ page today!!https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/10673155513900942970...

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      Kim Milai 3 years ago

      Great lens makes my mouth water. Freshstart have you heard of a jonny cake (like a pancake)? I have a Caribbean song about it and I've always wondered about it, if my information was correct. It's in my Christmas songs from around the World lens.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I don't think I've tried any either so I guess I just have to try making some at home.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      @Merrci: Thanks Merrci! You didn't have to choose one from this lens. I am sure you currently have a favourite recipe of your own that you never get tired of cooking or eating. Thanks for visiting and have a blessed week.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      The photo is wonderful. It looks so fresh and appealing! I don't have a favorite--I'll have to try several to decide.