It's here! It's here! Shivi Ramoutar's AMAZING debut book.
If you've got the music, the flipflops, the shades and the sunny disposition, all you need is a spread of something special and you'll be "liming". Liming, as Trinidadian supperclub host Shivi Ramoutar puts it, is the specifically Trinidadian art of doing nothing, accompanied by bountiful food and drink. Ramoutar's recent debut cookbook, Caribbean Modern (Headline), is brimming with recipes that can make that happen: buttermilk fried chicken, jerk pulled pork and watermelon salad, crab backs and fried bakes, all bold flavours and bright colours to bring the islands to your picnic rug.
Shivi specialises in light, modern recipes that showcases the most vibrant ingredients from the area and her new book, Caribbean Modern, celebrates this type of cooking, while remaining true to the hospitable Caribbean spirit.
Caribbean Modern should convince any doubters that there is far more to the cooking of the rum islands than jerk chicken and mutton curry.
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.