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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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's lots of interesting recipes for plantains, a squash wellington that I've never seen before, some porridge bowls, and more! Natural Flava brings together Ital inspiration, punchy Caribbean flava and quick and easy recipes in this feel-good cookbook. 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.

Welcome to our Caribbean vegan fusion series bringing you Caribbean infusion flavour from around the world. Caribbean food makes for brilliant vegan dishes because it relies on fresh and vibrant fruit and veg from plantain to pineapple. Rasta Pumpkin Pasta was the first recipe we tried from this book, which I picked up because I'd seen it reviewed in the newspaper. By the way, I used vegetable shortening (in the form of Trex, which is much the same as Crisco) rather than the vegan butter stipulated in the recipe, as I always have it in the fridge for pastry.Jamaican food also has an authentic vegan history with the Rastafarian Ital diet ('Ital' is a natural, unprocessed, plant-based diet used to promote wellness). That one detail is what truly keeps this from being a favourite for me simply because I’m not sure how feasible some of these recipes would be. 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.

While I am no sun-worshipper, I do find the gloomy greyness of a long British winter slightly less than cheering. One of my aids in fighting the grimness outside has been this persuasively upbeat book by Craig and Shaun McAnuff who are brothers from South London of Jamaican heritage. This is an amazing introduction to plant- based Caribbean cooking and since I have never had authentic Caribbean food before - mainly because I have the chilli threshold of a toddler - I was SOOO excited to see this book.

This delightful book provides many flavorful vegan recipes to highlight the local ingredients and foods. Determined to find more interesting Vegan recipes with actual ingredients rather than 'fake meat' this book wonderfully fit my requirements. 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. A vibrantly designed Caribbean vegan cookbook from the internationally celebrated duo behind Original Flava.

Rastafari is an expression of unity with all things, and the Ital diet reflects that through a sense of peace and togetherness with the natural world. 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! Natural Flava brings together Ital inspiration, punchy Caribbean flava and quick and easy recipes in this feel-good cookbook. I don't know a lot about Caribbean food, let alone vegan Caribbean recipes so I was excited to learn more.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. 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 work with students from the Caribbean, so I was always curious about the foods they grew up eating. I can’t wait to try making some of the recipes and see for myself what my students were talking about. With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, Bloomsbury Publishing plc for an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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). Mackerel Run Down a traditional dish that combines tender fresh and dried mackerel with sautéed vegetables and a rich spiced coconut sauce. Packed with around 100 mouth-watering vegan recipes, Natural Flava will elevate your vegan cooking repertoire with finger-licking goodness.

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.

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