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10 Trinidadian Cookbooks With The Best Local Recipes To Spice Up Your Cooking Experience At Home

The twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago is known to be part of the West Indies with rich cuisines derived from a multitude of far-flung cultures: Indian, Syrian, Lebanese, Arabian, Italian, African, Chinese, and Creole. During history, slavers, colonizers, and laborers left their mark on the island’s cuisine. That contributed to a delicious variety that was uncommon, even for the Caribbean.

In particular, in Trinidad – the larger of the two isles will have the must-eat foods of this fusion food easily accessible and readily available. Here are 10 best Trinidadian cookbooks that you should check out if you want the best, most authentic experiences and bring the Trinidadian tastes to your home.

Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad & Tobago

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“Good book, make sure you have the spices, and follow the recipe instruction.”- TB 420

Based on the author’s personal experiences on these islands, the author has gathered and combined with her culinary insights to write this wonderful cookbook. The book features more than 175 recipes, part color photos with the title of food column Molly O’Neill of the New York Times.

About the author: Ramin Ganeshram is a journalist, professional chef, and food writer. She has many of her writings in the New York Times, Saveur, Bon Appetit, Newsday, Gourmet, and on, as well as Forbes Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, and many other publications.

Molly O’Neill is the host of the PBS series “Great Food” and the manger of the food column for “The New York Times Magazine“. “The New York Cookbook” is one of her award-winning books. Molly lives in New York City.

Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad & Tobago, 3rd edition: Island Cooking from Trinidad & Tobago” will be the next cookbook that we mention in this article.

Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad & Tobago, 3rd edition: Island Cooking from Trinidad & Tobago

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“Love this book! The recipes are easy to follow and offer a broad range of my native cuisine.”- B. Bain

The book is inspired by memories of the author’s father and her experiences on the islands to introduce you to the culinary scene of Trinidad & Tobago.

Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad & Tobago, 3rd edition: Island Cooking from Trinidad & Tobago” is a new full-color version that has been revised and updated with more than 10 new recipes, multiple color photos, and user-friendly designed. Cultural and tourist notes will be interspersed among 170 recipes to give you an authentic feel of Trinidad’s fascinating and rich history.

The Multi-Cultural Cuisine of Trinidad & Tobago & the Caribbean

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“Very Good Book. Lots of great recipes explained in an uncomplicated and very easy way to understand.”- Miss J.

You are reaching a collection that reflects the taste and culture of Trinidad and Tobago. The book contains 32 color photos and more than 500 comprehensive recipes handed down from generation to generation. Besides, alternative ingredients for each recipe will also be included for your convenience. You will find recipes including Creole, Spanish, English, East Indian, Syrian Lebanese (middle eastern), Chinese, as well as those of other Caribbean islands.

About the author: Naparima Girls’ School is the author of this book. They do not write or publish many books every year, but this is a book that is appreciated for the quality of each recipe. “The Multi-Cultural Cuisine of Trinidad & Tobago & the Caribbean” is their first and only book up to now.

Trinidad Recipes Cookbook: Most Wanted Trinidad Cooking Recipes (Caribbean Recipes)

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“The basic steps were illustrated in each authentic recipes”- Clarke

With “Trinidad Recipes: The Most Popular Trinidad Recipes“, it provides the perfect guide for you to fully enjoy the wonderful taste of “Trini” in the comfort of your home.

The recipes in this book are designed to be done easily and very quickly without consuming too much effort. Furthermore, the ingredients in these recipes can be purchased at supermarkets or grocery stores worldwide.

About the author: K. Reynolds-James is a writer with a great passion for gastronomy. Besides, there are a few other suggested books by this author for your reference:

  • Jamaican Recipes Cookbook: Over 50 Most Treasured Jamaican Cuisine Cooking Recipes (Caribbean Recipes)
  • Jamaican Christmas Recipes: 21 Most Wanted Jamaican Christmas Recipes (Christmas Recipes Book)
  • Jamaican Recipes – 10 Most Treasured Jamaican Cooking Recipes (Jamaica Cookbook)

Irresistible Trinidad Recipes: An Enlightening Cookbook on Caribbean Dishes

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“Great cookbook and great recipes.”- Ann

For many people who come to Trinidad, they have no high hopes for the food, but they are almost always amazed at the variety of dishes available. “Irresistible Trinidad Recipes” will feature all sorts of Trinidad cooking ideas and allow you to explore various cuisines from this region with influences from the Middle East, India, China, Europe, and Africa.

About the author: Angel Burns is the author of this cookbook. Here are some other impressive books that you can refer to:

  • The Revolutionary Keto Diet: The Ultimate Cookbook for Weight Loss and a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Welcome to the World of Best Muffins: The Ultimate Cookbook Guide with Easy and Tasty Recipes
  • The Simple Anti Inflammatory Diet: A Complete Cookbook with Healthy and Tasty Recipes
  • The Healthy World of Plant-Based Diet: The Easy Cookbook with Recipes to Revitalize Your Body
  • Hadrosaurs (Life of the Past)
  • Healthy Dog Food Cookbook for Every Owner: Dog Food Recipes to Keep Your Pet Living Longer

Charlotte’s Trini Pot: A small collection of the Trini dishes we grew up eating and have fallen in love with.

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“Good recipes and make you feel at home”- AmazonTrini Mua

For all the delicious meals you’ve ever tasted since childhood, all of them can be found in this one book. The recipe is described as simple, easy to follow, and sure to bring the fragrance of Trinidadian Heaven to your kitchen.

About the author: Miss Christianna Juanita Dowden is the author of this book. This is her only book, so it contains all the essence of the author’s culinary art.

The Definitive Trinidad Cookbook (West Indian Recipes 3)

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“I love this book it has great recipes. try most of them and it came out great.”- Percy ash

Trinidad and Tobago are world-famous for their spectacular annual Carnival. However, the dishes from Trinidad also leave many impressions because it is considered one of the best dishes in the Caribbean. Start exploring the authentic world of Trini cuisine and experience the true taste of this island through recipes like:

  • Doubles
  • Buss Up Shut
  • Bake and Shark
  • Baigan Choka
  • Curry Jingi
  • Trini Black Cake
  • Trini Barfi

About the author: Bina Singh is a culinary writer with lots of great cookbooks. The author’s cookbooks always receive positive reviews from customers. Here are some other Bina Singh’s books:

  • The Guyana Gourmet Cookbook (West Indian Recipes 1)
  • Recipes from The Nation of Barbados (West Indian Recipes Book 2)
  • Tropical Caribbean Cocktails (West Indian Recipes Book 6)
  • The Best Jamaican Cooking: Vegan, Paleo & More! (West Indian Recipes Book 5)
  • The Caribbean Christmas Cookbook (West Indian Recipes 4)

Mama’s Secret Recipes: Mama Shares 50 Of Her Recipes For Delicious Food From Trinidad And Tobago (Caribbean Recipes, Caribbean Cooking)

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“Love that the recipes and ingredients are simple and easy to follow and find. This is a must-have for the kitchen especially if you love Caribbean food.”- Captain Conquer

The author’s mother is a person who loves to cook and sometimes when guests are visiting, she will quickly prepare something to eat and the meal is always finger-licking good with the satisfaction of the guests. Those are the things for the author to decide to write this cookbook.

Make sure that when you prepare any of these recipes, your family will be amazed and completely delighted with the meal. Here are some of the recipes you will find in this book:

  • Aloo Pie
  • Peleau
  • Saltfish Accra
  • Saltfish Buljol
  • Curry Channa
  • Baked Fish

About the author: Martina Jackson is a publisher of books. In addition, he has also published some children’s paintings, illustrated books, adult coloring books, or journals/notebooks.


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“Each recipe that I have tried in this book is full of flavor. These are excellent recipes.”- Amazon Customer

If you are a fan of seasoned foods, you should join the Trini Carnival with spicy dishes and scintillating music. The Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is famous for being the largest street party in the world.

With unique Trinidad Carnival brownie recipes, you will relive this unique carnival atmosphere with delicious food as well as vibrant music to move, dance, and gyrating.

About the author: S. Roystone Neverson was born in Trinidad and Tobago and has lived in England for many years doing odd jobs because he didn’t have a clear direction for what he wanted to do. He then studied for a B.Ed degree at the University of Manchester.

Simply Trini Cooking

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“This book was well written, contains numerous recipes from Trinidad and Tobago. I enjoyed making the dishes from this book. This book is a good investment for anyone with a passion for culinary arts.”- Seno Ryan Jr

This cookbook is crammed with over 600 recipes and over 200 vivid images. However, a large number of recipes and illustrations have been neatly and carefully stitched for viewing and cooking.

Besides, the author also provides some Trini cooking terms and clear explanations in the glossary. You can even find an extensive formula index. Here are some authentic Trinidad dishes that you will get with this book:

  • Pelau
  • Oil Down
  • Buss up shut
  • Black cake
  • Callaloo
  • Pastelle
  • Doubles

About the author: Felix Padilla is a professional teacher, culinary blogger, and food archivist Trini. In addition, he is also blogging food and adding more and more recipes to his blog for anyone looking to learn about the authentic cooking culture of the Caribbean.

We hope you like this post and finally find out your favorite Trinidadian cookbooks. Meanwhile, we welcome you to explore our site and discover more cookbook recommendations from the same cuisine below.

Doris Frasier

Hi. I'm Doris! I am a foodie that has traveled to 78 countries and loves trying cuisines from different countries. I try anything related to food and share my opinions on this blog. Send me a message with any requests!
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