Sweet Hands: Island Cooking From Trinidad And Tobago

Sweet Hands: Island Cooking From Trinidad And Tobago (Hippocrene Cookbook Library (Hardcover))
Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad and Tobago
– Ramin Ganeshram

Book Description

Callalloo and Buss Up Shut, Mother-in-Law And Kuchela, Chip Chip and Doubles. The verbiage of Trinidad’s cuisine is both lyrical and mysterious. The variety of foods from this Caribbean nation and their fanciful names tell the story of a rich and eclectic cultural hertiage. A British colony from 1779 until 1962, during those years Trinidad & Tobago’s population grew to include East Indian and Chinese indentured servants who worked in the sugar plantations alongside former African slaves. Trinidadian food is marked by the blending of these cultures. As such, curry, Indian breads, callaloo (a soup of West African origin), and fried rice are all among the national dishes. SWEET HANDS: ISLAND COOKING FROM TRINIDAD & TOBAGO includes these dishes, as well as many others, including Shrimp Creole, Beef Stew with Dumplings, and Ginger Beer. Also included are fascinating histories and anecdotes on such topics as Trinidadian rum, Buccaneer Cooking, and Black Cake. Beautiful photographs by Jean-Paul Vellotti bring this beautiful island nation and its unique cuisine to life.


About the Author

Ramin Ganeshram was born in New York City of a Trinidadian father and Iranian mother. She has been a journalist for 13 years and has written about food for Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Saveur, Four Seasons, Cooking Light, Newsday (as a regular contributor), and many other publications. A professionally trained chef, she has a degree from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City and a master’s degree from Columbia University.

This post was originally published on August 25, 2006. It has been updated once since then

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  • Bernadette

    I live in Trinidad and would like to purchase a copy of the book Sweet Hands island Cooking from Trinidad & Tobago. Can you tell me it this is posible and if it is where?

    Regards,

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Trinigourmet Trinigourmet

      Dear Bernadette, I have seen it occasionally in R.I.K. bookstores. You may also want to check Nigel Khan, they will be more than happy to special order it for you as well. However, if you are comfortable with online shopping and have a US 'skybox' address the quickest and cheapest way is purchasing it directly from Amazon. Best Wishes!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Trinigourmet Trinigourmet

      Dear Bernadette, I have seen it occasionally in R.I.K. bookstores. You may also want to check Nigel Khan, they will be more than happy to special order it for you as well. However, if you are comfortable with online shopping and have a US 'skybox' address the quickest and cheapest way is purchasing it directly from Amazon. Best Wishes!

  • Bernadette

    I live in Trinidad and would like to purchase a copy of the book Sweet Hands island Cooking from Trinidad & Tobago. Can you tell me it this is posible and if it is where?

    Regards,

  • Bernadette

    I live in Trinidad and would like to purchase a copy of the book Sweet Hands island Cooking from Trinidad & Tobago. Can you tell me it this is posible and if it is where?

    Regards,

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Trinigourmet Trinigourmet

      Dear Bernadette, I have seen it occasionally in R.I.K. bookstores. You may also want to check Nigel Khan, they will be more than happy to special order it for you as well. However, if you are comfortable with online shopping and have a US 'skybox' address the quickest and cheapest way is purchasing it directly from Amazon. Best Wishes!

  • http://twitter.com/pettybo @pettybo

    Have to keep that US skybox tip filed away in the back of my mind.

    I love that book next to my copies of the Naparima Girl's cook book – I appreciate Ramin's suggestion of substitutes. Very helpful for people away from the east coast/home. The short stories and history blurbs are great too.

    Was this book revised/did you update the text in this blog entry?

  • http://twitter.com/pettybo @pettybo

    Have to keep that US skybox tip filed away in the back of my mind.

    I love that book next to my copies of the Naparima Girl's cook book – I appreciate Ramin's suggestion of substitutes. Very helpful for people away from the east coast/home. The short stories and history blurbs are great too.

    Was this book revised/did you update the text in this blog entry?

  • http://www.victorinoxknives.org Victorinox Knives

    You may not believe it but it's taken me 40 years to get around to trying Trinidad cooking. Went to a local cafe last week and was TOTALLY blown away by the flavours. mmmmmmm. Thanks so much for the book review. I've tried to find recipes through Google but haven't found too much, then I found this website :-) So I will definitely be checking out this book. Thanks again

    Nic
    My recent post Victorinox Knives – Chef Knife Set Of The Month!

  • http://www.victorinoxknives.org Victorinox Knives

    You may not believe it but it's taken me 40 years to get around to trying Trinidad cooking. Went to a local cafe last week and was TOTALLY blown away by the flavours. mmmmmmm. Thanks so much for the book review. I've tried to find recipes through Google but haven't found too much, then I found this website :-) So I will definitely be checking out this book. Thanks again

    Nic
    My recent post Victorinox Knives – Chef Knife Set Of The Month!

  • http://www.victorinoxknives.org Victorinox Knives

    You may not believe it but it's taken me 40 years to get around to trying Trinidad cooking. Went to a local cafe last week and was TOTALLY blown away by the flavours. mmmmmmm. Thanks so much for the book review. I've tried to find recipes through Google but haven't found too much, then I found this website :-) So I will definitely be checking out this book. Thanks again

    Nic
    My recent post Victorinox Knives – Chef Knife Set Of The Month!

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