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Motherland. A Jamaican Cookbook by Melissa Thompson

Motherland. A Jamaican Cookbook by Melissa Thompson

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Motherland. A Jamaican Cookbook by Melissa Thompson 


Publisher's Synopsis


'Melissa captures her love of food and its roots deliciously' - Ainsley Harriott


'A masterful work and a must for any lover of the food of Jamaica and the Caribbean region or simply anyone who loves good food' - Dr Jessica B. Harris


Motherland is a cookbook that charts the history of the people, influences and ingredients that uniquely united to create the wonderful patchwork cuisine that is Jamaican food today.


There are recipes for the classics, like saltfish fritters, curry goat and patties, as well as Melissa's own twists and family favourites, such as: Oxtail nuggets with pepper sauce mayo, Ginger beer prawns, Smoky aubergine rundown, Sticky rum and tamarind wings, Grapefruit cassava cake and Guinness punch pie.


Running through the recipes are essays charting the origins and evolution of Jamaica's famous dishes, from the contribution of indigenous Jamaicans, the Redware and Taìno peoples; the impact of the Spanish and British colonisation; the inspiration and cooking techniques brought from West and Central Africa by enslaved men and women; and the influence of Indian and Chinese indentured workers who came to the island.


Motherland does not shy away from the brutality of the colonial periods, but takes us on a journey through more than 500 years of history to give context to the beloved island and its cuisine.


Weight: 246g

Height: 252mm

Width: 196mm

Spine width: 27mm



Weight: 246g



Spine width:27mm

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