When you think of the Caribbean, a hundred beautiful clichés come to mind - white sand, blue sky, salty breezes and balmy nights. But what of the food? Eating is at the heart of Caribbean life: people come together in the kitchen, someone starts cooking and soon there is laughter, music and fantastic food.
Shivi Ramoutar grew up in Trinidad, Leicester and London. As a supperclub host and pop-up chef, Shivi turned to her favourite Caribbean dishes for inspiration. Her recipes are a wonderful melting pot of flavours: traditional Coconut Chicken Rundown sits alongside Red Bean and Spinach Mac 'n' Cheese and Baked Eggs Creole. Her food is fresh and zingy, exciting and exotic, but also satisfyingly homely and hearty. And not forgetting the fun -
Salted Tamarind Caramel Sundae, Smashed Banana Pancakes and Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake - without which the book just wouldn't be Caribbean.
The Guardian has dubbed Shivi the 'Caribbean Food Supremo' and Shivi continues to host her own events, including her *Lime supperclub in London as well as for Jamie Oliver's Food Foundation, plus pop-ups at Feast Food Festival and a takeover at Le Coq.
Shivi also teaches Caribbean cookery classes at Divertimenti and her recipes have already been featured in the Guardian, The Sunday Times, Delicious, Good Things magazine and Metro.
Shivi was also a contestant on Masterchef in 2013.
Shivi's food is bright, colourful and hugely evocative
of the deliciously spiced 'Caribbean' food that I have
grown to love whenever I visit that part of the world.
I want to eat everything in this book.