There are many books available about Caribbean Cuisine. It's not surprising, since it is the most festive in the world. However, I have picked the following books for beginners and experienced cooks based on the ease of understanding the instructions and preparing the recipes. Also, these books concentrate on the cooking methods from the Spanish speaking islands of Puerto Rico, Cuba and The Dominican Republic. No matter what your skill level, you'll enjoy these books.
Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night: Bringing Your Family Together with Everyday Latin Dishes by Daisy Martinez presents mouth-watering and enjoyable recipes made with easy to find and familiar ingredients. This is one of the best cookbooks to have on hand.
I've been hooked on Daisy's PBS television series Daisy Cooks! since the first show aired. Daisy Martinez has a friendly way of introducing Latin flavors, ingredients and techniques. Daisy Cooks! Latin Flavors That Will Rock Your World is a companion book to the show. Every recipe she makes on the show is in the book. The book has over a hundred recipes for dishes that range from the basics such as sofrito to classic Latin dishes such as Paella.
Simply Delicioso by Ingrid Hoffman offers many exciting recipes made with easy to find, familiar ingredients. With over 125 recipes, Hoffmann's book is fun to read with simple, yet tasty dishes with a Latin twist. The book has many color photographs.
This hardcover book has three authors Glenn M. Lindgren, Raul Musibay, and Jorge Castillo. The trio of Cuban foodies have helped renew an interest in Cuban cuisine. There book is a guide to Cuban flavors, spices, tropical ingredients, and African influence. The photography of each dish is mouthwatering to look at. This book has many easy recipes for beginners.
There are only a few recipes in this book, but its value comes from Linda Bladholm's comprehensive coverage of Latin food ingredients. If you are new to Latin Caribbean cooking and don't know the names of fruits, vegetables and other ingredients this is the book for you. You can take it to the grocery store with you and compare what you see with what is in the book.