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Natural Flava: Quick & Easy Plant-Based Caribbean Recipes

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Determined to find more interesting Vegan recipes with actual ingredients rather than 'fake meat' this book wonderfully fit my requirements. Caribbean food makes for brilliant vegan dishes because it relies on fresh and vibrant fruit and veg, from plantain to pineapple. Think Potato and chickpea curry with roti, Jerk cauliflower wings, Coconut, black-eyed pea and sweet potato stew, and Plantain cookies . I normally like recipe books that include pictures for every recipe and while this book doesn't have pictures for them all, the pictures that are included look delicious. There really is much to love here, especially if this is a cuisine you want to try as the recipes look both delicious and accessible and cover a range of scenarios and influences that will make you drool.

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. I don't normally review but seriously, the red pea stew is one of my all-time fav comfort foods and it's the best base recipe I've found and I'm so happy to have it in an actual book.

A vibrantly designed Caribbean vegan cookbook from the internationally celebrated duo behind Original Flava. 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. This is rare for many reasons that are maybe too related to neurodiversity/mental to go into but significant enough, reader, to get those 5 stars.

I can’t wait to try making some of the recipes and see for myself what my students were talking about. Craig and Shaun McAnuff are all about maximum flava, and these are recipes that are filling and flava-ful, and just happen to be vegan too. There are tons of stew recipes, but there are also unique pastas, burgers, curries, stuffed vegetables, and much more. I don't know a lot about Caribbean food, let alone vegan Caribbean recipes so I was excited to learn more.

So I prescribe myself the Kitchen Cure, which is to say I lose myself in cooking and eating good things full of bright flavour. Think Potato and C hickpea Curry with Roti, Jerk C auliflower Wings, Coconut, Black-Eyed Pea and Sweet Potato Stew, and Plantain Cookies .

Craig and Shaun charmed cooks everywhere with their essential introduction to home-cooked Caribbean food in Original Flava. I mention it only because I feel if I alter anything in someone’s recipe, I feel it is only polite to say so! There are many recipes of greedy interest: Plantain Hummus; Caribbean-Spiced Jackfruit Wraps with Plum Sauce; Corn Fritters; Tomato and Coconut Pasta; a tremendous Curry Tofu and Vegetables, which I nearly selected to run here; Cauliflower Burger with Spicy Mayo, Slaw and Mango Chutney; Sweet Potato and Chickpea Peanut Stew with Jollof Rice; a fabulous meat-free take on Pepper Pot Soup; Yam Fries with Scotch Bonnet Sauce or Chilli Jam, and there’s also a recipe for Mango Chilli Sauce I have my eye on.Anyhow if you have been looking for a very accessible plant-based Caribbean cookbook to complement your Bryant Terry collection, this is fab and doesn't go over the same territory (this is more like a pure UK Caribbean with way less cajun influence etc). 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.

There's lots of interesting recipes for plantains, a squash wellington that I've never seen before, some porridge bowls, and more! I don’t really understand why the ingredients are listed after the method, either, as it’s a bit weird tbh.Welcome to our Caribbean vegan fusion series bringing you Caribbean infusion flavour from around the world. Special thanks to netgalley and the publishers for a arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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