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Loving this Reggae Reggae Cookbook!
Levi Roots' Reggae Reggae Cookbook - Levi Roots
Member Name: Chippytarka
Levi Roots' Reggae Reggae Cookbook - Levi Roots
Advantages: Recipes easy to follow, Pictures included.Good layout overall
Ive always had a thing about baking since a young girl. Probably down to my sweet tooth is what inspired me to watch and learn how to bake. Im not the best baker in the world, but I know I can do it, and sometimes I make some lovely things for me and my family. When it comes to actual cooking, something that's savoury, now that's a different story. Ive tried very hard to get rid of the fear of things such as cooking a whole chicken, cooking lamb without turning into bonfire wood. All the simple and basic things I had to start from scratch, but its been worth it.
I bought this book around 4 years ago at work, as they regularly had someone from a book club ( probably The Book People ) come out with a leaflet of books on offer, all of which were at a reduced price and nowhere near what the rrp was. I remember seeing this book, and having a flip through the recipes and I had to buy it, purely because this type of food is what I love. And at a price of £5.00, I thought it was a good buy.
So who is Levi Roots?
I recall watching Dragons Den years ago. A slight cheeky, grinning man with a guitar and a head full of locks, came bouncing through the room to meet the Dragons, and decided rather than a boring talking pitch, simply sang and then followed with his idea of a sauce, a sauce with a kick, that potentially could rival the big guns out there as there wasn't that much out there like this. I remember thinking to myself-they will either love him or hate him. Probably hate, as people dont normally come into the Den in that fashion, but strangely enough they all warmed to him and he was given an investment to move forward with his product ' Reggae Reggae Sauce ' which has been a hit even years later. Since then his name and product have been collabrating with many other companied and products such as Birds Eye, Subway and Levi ( or the people behind him ) have brought out other sauces, food products and even drinks.
With his passion for music, but more so food, it was only a matter of time for this gentleman to come out with his very own cookbooks, and even cooking shows.
What is this book like?
I like the mix of the recipes, pictures and the information on Levis life. He mentions his life in Jamaica, his family, coming over to England.Not in huge depths e.g pages and pages long, but enough to get the idea of who he is but more importantly to get a better idea and feel of his cooking and love of food. How and where we are brought up has an effect on everything about us, and what we cook is a prime example. If someone hasnt had, for an example, any form of Caribbean food, then they wouldnt know why certain fish is used, where does the idea of certain drinks come from, why is curry powder a staple ingredient in many savoury dishes served up in the Caribbean etc. I think the balance is just right between the recipes and his background information, and its great to see lots of colourful and birght pictures which look true to life.
The recipes are varied, and covers drinks, main courses, deserts, snack type food, breakfast. Some recipes are alittle on the basic side, as mentioned in a previous review about roasting sweet potatoes. I think its important to have just afew very basic recipes because some people need it! I find it scary some people out there cant boil an egg, but this happens and it exists. Theres plenty of receipes in here, all not complicated, but will help you to make some very tasty, delicious Caribbean food.
Some of the recipes are as follows:
Salmon St Jago De La Vega
Salt Fish Fritters ( I make these and they are yummy! )
West Indian Christmas Cake ( my all time favourite cake, baked it once was amazing, but need to adjust my cooking time to make it more moist )
Guinness Punch ( wow-how I make it you will be in an alcohol induced coma for a week! )
To be fair, Levi does drop the whole Reggae Sauce into alot of his recipes, but who wouldnt? Its all publicity, and if he never mentioned it in a cookbook with the title ' Reggae Reggae ' I would have to wonder. He does also mention in the ingredients list that you can use something else, so you wont feel as if you have to use it.
For anyone that may be daunted with some of the wild and wonderful ingredients used in this book, at the beginning theres afew pictures but more importantly an explanation of what some foods are called and what they are.Good thing with our supermarkets and markets today, they tend to stock pretty much all of the ingredients in this book, so its not an issue.
So what do I think?
Its a good book.Its clear and easy to read and understand.Plenty of pictures to show you what the end result is supposed to look like. Alot of these are traditional recipes from the Caribbean. Maybe not exactly the same, because everyone does there own version, but give you a great base to work from. Its easy to change things if something isnt to your taste e.g I hate heat, so something with scotch bonnet peppers is a no no and swapped with something much milder. We have had cookery books on English cuisine, French, Indian, Chinese, why not Caribbean?
Great book giving you a good insight to the delights of food within the Afro Caribbean culture!
Summary: Reggae your way to a Caribbean feast in your home-Great buy!
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