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Michael Bennett provides us a very interesting approach to a Gluten Free Caribbean-American style that will help us enjoy our foods with new healthy tastes, new sauces, and a broadened spice palette. Unless you already cook in a Gluten free Caribbean style, I think you will find a lot in this book that will be new, exciting, and fresh.His focus is on the kinds of popular Gluten Free recipes he served as a chef. These dishes are not complex to prepare, but they do use all kinds of sauces. The recipes for the sauces, rubs, marinades, and components of the dishes make up the majority of recipes in the book, then when he provides the recipes for the main dishes you simply include the sauces and components as needed. They make cooking the main dish much more understandable and, well, simple.

Another advantage of having these gluten free sauces, rubs, and marinades as separate recipes is that you can, on your own, use them in your own creations. Just using them with your chicken, pork, or seafood will really brighten your day.

The book has some very nice pictures of Caribbean scenes as well as colorful photos of many of the dishes. I always like seeing pictures of what it is the dish I am attempting should look like after I prepare it. Presentation matters.

The author also provides some really nice background on the Caribbean culture, cuisine, and insights into the dishes. The ingredient lists are clear and he helpfully tells you where to get most of the ingredients. His instructions on how to prepare the dishes are also clear and helpful. He also provides boxes with bonus insights into uses for the dish or to help you better understand the ingredients.

If you are interested in exploring Caribbean tastes and smells, this is a fine port of call.

Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Ann Arbor, MI

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