Everyone has a friend who’s a dab hand in the kitchen and for those folks, cookbooks make ideal gifts.
Why not check out one of the four cookbooks by Guardian cooking columnist Wendy Rahamut?
After becoming the weekly food writer for the T&T Guardian in 1995, Rahamut published her first cookbook, titled Quick Fixin’ Recipes, in 1996. Rahamut told the T&T Guardian the book featured a variety of succulent local dishes that are quick and economical to prepare. In 2002, her second cookbook, Caribbean Flavours, was published by Macmillan Caribbean.
She said it aimed to reflect the numerous culinary influences in the Caribbean including the East Indian, African, Chinese, North and South American, European and Lebanese elements.
In 2007 she published Modern Caribbean Cuisine, which was a fusion of dishes from throughout the region presented in a more modernised format.Rahamut’s Curry Callaloo and Calypso was released in 2011 and sought to take readers on a culinary journey of the rich heritage of the Caribbean region.
The book features numerous local dishes, high-gloss photos and step-by-step instructions on how to prepare the meals. Rahamut encourages readers to take a look at her cookbooks, which are available in bookstores nationwide as well as on Amazon.com.
If your foodie friends already have Wendy Rahamut’s cookbooks, here are some other well-received Caribbean cookbooks that are readily available in bookshops nationwide.
Food & Cooking of the Caribbean, Central & South America by Jenni Fleetwod and Marina Filipelli
From the mountains of southern Chile and the vast plains of Argentina to the tropical Caribbean islands, this book offers a complete overview of Caribbean, Central and South American food and cooking. With more than 150 inspiring step-by-step recipes to try out on family and friends, this book is a must for all adventurous cooks.
Celebrate Food!—Naparima Girls High School
Naparima Girls’ High School is back with another book, Celebrate Food! the latest addition to their growing series of cookbooks. It is a celebration of their 100-year milestone and showcases the importance and evolution of food.
This book stands apart from its sister books, as it reflects the diverse cultures of Trinidad & Tobago and the Caribbean while also introducing international influences, and developing trends of fusion cuisines.
Tastes Like Home by Cynthia Nelson
In Tastes Like Home Guyanese food enthusiast and blogger Cynthia Nelson, who lives in Barbados, brings readers over 100 recipes from all over the Caribbean; all of which she has tried and tested herself and served to family and friends.
But more than just recipes, Tastes Like Home is a conversation about food and how it connects and forms part of Caribbean identity.