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West Winds: Recipes, history, and tales from Jamaica

Written by

Riaz Phillips

Who’s the author? Riaz Phillips is an award-winning writer, video maker, and photographer. In 2017 he won the Young British Foodie Award for his first book Belly Full: Caribbean Food in the UK, and in 2020 he edited Community Comfort, a collection of global recipes from cooks of immigrant backgrounds raising funds for the families of Covid-19 victims.

What’s it about? Celebrating Jamaican culture, cuisine, and history, West Winds is a uniquely rich and deeply personal cookbook. Award-winning writer Riaz Phillips draws on his own memories of growing up in the Caribbean diaspora of London, as well as of his time spent living in Jamaica, to create a set of over 100 vibrant and intensely flavoursome recipes, interspersed with travel and food photography. From hearty soups and bakes to thirst-quenching drinks, these recipes are rooted in centuries of Jamaican traditions, folktales, and anecdotes. Riaz also explores how veganism, healthy eating, fermentation, and zero-waste cooking formed part of Jamaican cuisine long before they became modern trends. Whether you want to delve deeper into your heritage or discover new facets of regional Caribbean cuisine, West Winds will help you bring the spirit of traditional Jamaican cooking to your kitchen. 

Perfect for: Anyone who wants to introduce more Jamaican dishes and flavours into their diet while expanding their knowledge of Jamaican culture and history.


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