Each recipe reads like the times I spent guided by my grandmother pickling that years’ moderate backyard cucumber harvest. Makes sense, given that R. Shepherd was inspired by and honors her aunt’s food with this cookbook. Her aunt, Elma Rose Francis, was born in Jamaica. Some of her homemade classics are included here, as well as Shepherd’s mixes of Jamaican flavours with British meals. Seasonings are often listed without exact measurements. Recipes are organized into sections for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Look for cinnamon and vanilla porridge, curried lamb and rice, a Sunday roast, and a cherry and nutmeg pie I am slightly dying for. (Cherries? Nutmeg? Where is the fault? There isn’t one. Yummm.)
I can’t wait to try some of these recipes myself. Which is saying a lot because I am an inexperienced cook; the recipes are that supportive and, honestly, comforting. Plus the photos look delicious? How can you read this and not try to make at least one meal.
Especially when they aren’t like those internet recipes you find that seem simple at first, but then you find they require tools you’ve never heard the name for or, at the least, have never had cause to use. Change up your style and feel like you’re being taught by someone who knows you. I think it’s nice.