Caribbean Cooking for Pleasure Cookbook

Regional and traditional recipes of the islands make up the lavishly illustrated Caribbean Cooking for Pleasure Cookbook. 


Format: Hardcover and dust jacket, 146 pages 

Copyright: 1970 

Publisher: Hamlyn 

Author: Mary Slater 

ISBN: 9780600008798

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Mary Slater's work as a travel writer has taken her all over the Caribbean and her knowledge of the islands, their history, their people and their cooking can be equalled by few. 

The area covered by this book extends from the Bahamas in the North West (which is not in fact a true Caribbean Island) to Trinidad in the South East, a distance of approximately 3,500 miles. In such a large area, the people obviously all have their own special dishes and so, as Mary Slater explains, there is no one style of Caribbean cooking. The recipes in this book are varied and many of the traditional recipes of the islanders are given among the Regional recipes, which gives a fascinating insight into West Indian life. 

The Caribbean has a wealth of delicious fruits and vegetables, mangoes, pawpaw, pineapples, bananas, avocado pears, coconuts, aubergines, sweet potatoes and breadfruit, and there are delicious recipes given here for using them: Mango Ice Cream, Jamaican Pineapple Pie, Avocado Mould and Aubergines Baked with Coconut Cream are just a few. 

Fish and meats are given a tropical flavour when cooked with curry powder, spices and pepper sauce, and there is a wide variety of kebab recipes in the chapter on Eating Out of Doors. 

Rum enhances many dishes, both sweet and savoury, as well as making rum punches and long cool drinks. Cool, refreshing ice creams and tropical puddings will be found in the Desserts, and the chapter on Cakes contains such popular recipes as Jamaican gingerbread, as well as some more unusual recipes like Sunday Best Coconut Cake. 

In almost every recipe if the ingredients are difficult to obtain, canned foods or a substitute can be used which will give an excellent result, but this is a marvellous opportunity to experiment with new food and new recipes. The book is lavishly illustrated throughout in colour and black-and-white. 

The cover photograph by John Lee shows the following dishes, fruits, vegetables and drinks: 

  • Sunshine soup
  • Long Bay prawns in melon
  • Chicken in coconut
  • Isles of June fruit salad
  • Rum mint julep
  • Tia Maria liqueur
  • Limes
  • Pawpaws
  • West Indian peppers
  • Flying fish


Condition: Bookboards and interior pages are in good condition. Interior pages show some slight discoloration (aging). Dust jacket's edges and corners show wear and small tears. 

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