When I decided at the beginning of this year to focus on different cuisines from around the world for my Cookbook of the Month series, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I knew I wanted a challenge, and I knew that I wanted to learn some new cuisines and techniques.
But little did I know that August would roll around, and I’d find out that I was pregnant, and that I didn’t want to eat anything but fast food.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen – it’s the official announcement –
I’ve very excited. I can’t wait until this new little one joins our family next March. But so far, this pregnancy has been completely different from my first one. With Abbi, I didn’t really get sick at all. I had a few food cravings, but nothing severe. I was tired as all get out, but it wasn’t too bad.
But this time around, I’ve been sick. From morning to night. Not sick enough that I can’t keep anything down, but sick enough that I feel like I’m constantly eating because that is the only thing that helps. The hard part is that nothing sounds good – except good ol’ American fast food. So choosing a Jamaican cookbook for this month was a BIG mistake. I’m afraid this cookbook didn’t turn out too well for me, but I don’t know if it’s because this little baby is messing up my taste buds, or if it is because of the cookbook.
And to top it all off, I returned the book to the library before typing up this review, so now I have to try to remember some details about it!
Cooking Times Listed in Recipes: no
I’m starting to see that this is pretty uncommon for cookbooks to tell you how long it takes to make a recipe. Add this one to the list that don’t have the times listed!
Number of Photos: medium
There are a decent amount of photos in this book, but not necessarily of the finished dishes. Some scenery photos, some ingredients, and a few of finished dishes.
Difficulty Level of Recipes: medium
Seeing that I didn’t really want to try anything crazy this month, I stuck to things that were quick(er). Some of the bbq recipes might seem a bit overwhelming for some people, but I think most of them were pretty do-able.
Availability of Ingredients: easy to medium
Most of the ingredients seemed pretty easy to come by. And once again, there was a resource page in the book for where to find the harder-to-find ingredients.
Pork Pineapple Kabobs – 3.75 out of 5
Jerk Chicken “Hash” – 4 out of 5
Meat Loaf with Jerk – 1 out of 5
Jamaica Lime Pie – 3.8 out of 5
Ok, so not horrible, but definitely not good enough that I would tell you to run right out and buy it. But like I said, it could just be the pregnancy talking – maybe these recipes would be fantastic for someone else!!
And September. Oh, September. This is usually such a good month for me. The beginning of fall, my birthday… But I could not find a book I wanted to use. The problem here is that I have been getting these books from the library since I’m not in a situation to buy a cookbook every month right now. And let’s just say – the cookbook selection at my local library is a bit – dated – and there are not a ton of cookbooks to choose from. There are tons of Italian books, but I’ve already done Italian. Same thing with Mexican, and Chinese. So I went totally out there this month and chose a beautiful book on Scandinavian food called Kitchen of Light by Andreas Viestad. I’m hoping everything turns out ok – and that my appetite for different cuisines returns soon – because the year is not over yet!!