Jamaica Magazine

Book Review: Tastes Like Home – My Caribbean Cookbook

Written by Staff Writer

About the Book
Tastes Like Home – My Caribbean Cookbook is more than just a book of recipes, it’s a conversation about food and how it connects and forms part of Caribbean identity. The book is divided into two sections – a memoir section and a recipe section. Cynthia shares personal memories which help us understand Caribbean food and lifestyle. Some of the memories focus on food, events, and special festivals, others are recollections of life in the Caribbean. In the recipe section, readers and cooks are treated to step-by-step guides on how to make roti, Conkies, Christmas cake, the perfect baked ham, Dhal Puri and Coconut Drops to name a few. Tastes Like Home puts you in the kitchens of Caribbean home cooks and sets a place for you at the table, for a memorable meal.

This book is your invitation to join in revelling in the tastes of the Caribbean!

Reviews
“Tastes Like Home is destined to become an important work on Caribbean cultural expression. Food is one of the significant manifestations of Caribbean creativity. The foods we eat are homage to the creativity of our ancestors… as Cynthia Nelson has shown over the years, our ancestors created a distinctive and delicious world-class cuisine. This creativity has continued across generations, and this book is a celebration.”

Vibert C. Cambridge, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Media Arts & Studies
Ohio University 

About the Author
Cynthia Nelson grew up in Guyana cooking alongside her mom and aunt. Working in the Caribbean media for many years, Cynthia has travelled the region savouring and learning the cuisine of the Caribbean. Cynthia s musings on food and life regularly appear in publications in the Caribbean and North America, including Stabroek News newspaper (Guyana); Caribbean Belle magazine (Trinidad) and City Style and Living magazine (Canada). She is Contributing Writer at About.com, owned by The New York Times Company and is the author of the award winning blog.

Where to buy the book:
Buy Tastes Like Home at Amazon.com 

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