Natural Flava: Quick & Easy Plant-Based Caribbean Recipes

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Natural Flava: Quick & Easy Plant-Based Caribbean Recipes

Natural Flava: Quick & Easy Plant-Based Caribbean Recipes

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This delicious, vibrant Caribbean-influenced cookbook from the bestselling duo behind Original Flava includes over 100 easy recipes. While I am no sun-worshipper, I do find the gloomy greyness of a long British winter slightly less than cheering. Caribbean food makes for brilliant vegan dishes because it relies on fresh and vibrant fruit and veg from plantain to pineapple. Determined to find more interesting Vegan recipes with actual ingredients rather than 'fake meat' this book wonderfully fit my requirements.

Now, in Natural Flava, they're spreading the love, offering Ital inspiration and punchy Caribbean flavors to the feel-good, plant-based diet taking the world by storm. Presented with mouthwatering pictures and engaging text that makes you want to cook, the recipes are easy to follow and written in an engaging way that isn't gimmicky. I think if you’re more familiar with Caribbean cooking this won’t be a problem for you, but if you aren’t, just be prepared for it. Most of the recipes come with full colour photography, measurements are in metric terms, and the instructions are simple to follow.As with their first book, Original Flava, it draws on the generous tradition of Caribbean food, though its focus — or perhaps it would be more accurate to say its inspiration — is Ital cooking; the “ital” derives from “vital” and denotes the Rastafarian approach to eating, with its emphasis on fresh, unprocessed food and and its celebration of the earth’s bounty.

I wish the recipes had some general cook-times listed, but while they don’t, the recipes also don’t seem like they would take all day. I can’t wait to try making some of the recipes and see for myself what my students were talking about.This cookbook definitely delivers on what it promises in that every recipe is packed with spices, peppers, and other flavourful foods to guarantee meals that will leave your taste buds happy. Some of the recipes are veganised versions of predominantly Jamaican classics; others are Caribbean-inflected reworkings of foods they love and have grown up eating. There are tons of stew recipes, but there are also unique pastas, burgers, curries, stuffed vegetables, and much more. There are plenty of recipes to try: I'd certainly like to try cooking the Vegan shepherds pie, a giant patty and Rasta Pumpkin pasta to start with. This delightful book provides many flavorful vegan recipes to highlight the local ingredients and foods.

All that having been said, if you can look past the new and surprising ingredients -the chapter in breakfast is especially stuffed with them- this is a great book. I loved all the different curries, was delighted to find a Vegan Jamaican ginger cake recipe and the rum roasted potatoes were a wonder at Christmas.Welcome to our Caribbean vegan fusion series bringing you Caribbean infusion flavour from around the world. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, and I have to say that for someone in the Caribbean, this would probably be a good recipe book. and pepper pot stew (though I had to add some umami stuff for depth of flavour - I think they left that out either cos they're not vegan or they wanted to make the recipes as simple as possible) and my fav recipe for spinner dumplings and the use of plantain is so bloody fun! Special thanks to netgalley and the publishers for a arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. I know a lot of people who love to cook, myself included, but I don't know a single person who owns a kitchen scale.



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