The Naparima Girls’ High School Cookbook
Better known in Trinidad & Tobago as the “Naparima Girls’ Cookbook”, this collection of truly delicious recipes, with clear and simple steps to follow, is a national institution!
I’ve touched on this cookbook several times through the years of this site, and at one point even sold it to the public (I don’t anymore) when I saw the exorbitant prices that it fetches on Amazon. I’m happy to say though that Amazon now offers a much more affordable Kindle version.
The Multi-Cultural Cuisine of Trinidad & Tobago & the Caribbean brings together a collection of recipes reflecting the tastes and cultures of the diverse ethnic groups of Trinidad & Tobago. This revised and improved edition includes more than 500 recipes and 32 colored photographs. Thousands of copies of the Diamond Jubilee edition have been sold and we are pleased to know that this book is being used by individuals, families, schools and caterers throughout the world. Many people have referred to the book as a complete one, with great recipes, simple methods and excellent results.
Many of the recipes in the Naparima Girls Cookbook have been handed down from generation to generation.Amazon.com
Recently, I came across an article from a Trinidadian-American Car Drakes, which I shared on our Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as my LinkedIn, on the resonance that this copybook has in the diaspora as well.
Like most Trinidadian-Americans, I was raised on Trinidadian cuisine. And like many first-generation kids, I was raised on my grandmother’s cooking. My core childhood memories consist of standing on a step stool in the kitchen watching her rifle through cabinets and shelves, looking for nutmeg or bay leaves. She would say, “It must be behind God’s back.” Whatever she couldn’t find had seemingly been transported to some other plane, a dimension that we knew was real but couldn’t access. Two things she could always find, though: On her stove was her roti tawa, a flat cast-iron griddle, and on her shelf was her decade-old copy of Naparima Girl’s High School Cookbook.A Trinidadian Cookbook That Tastes Like Home
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