The Pepperpot Diaries
Published by DK
By Andi Oliver
"Andi Oliver shares the glorious diversity of Caribbean food"
"Andi Oliver's debut cookbook is brimming with the delicious Caribbean flavours she is renowned for celebrating, incorporating her travels in Antigua to create a unique, excuberant culinary experience."
"Not just a cookbook - it's an exploration of heritage and identity, in which mouthwatering recipes for fried dumplings, shrimp fritters, chocolate goat curry and ackee, callaloo and saltfish are interspersed with essays and diary entries from Andi's extended stay in her ancestral home of Antigua."
"Passionate, autobiographical and rammed with Oliver's infectious personality. I defy anyone not to love it."
"A feast of Caribbean cuisine"
"Andi Oliver shares the glorious diversity of Caribbean food, influenced by the islands’ indigenous peoples as well as “those who have come and gone”. This is a personal book, communicating the experience of a black British woman drawn to her roots, and the recipes – tea-brined spiced chicken, sticky star fruit pork chops – are really inviting. As Oliver puts it, while there’s “a dark shadow in the story… in our food, there is light and joy and survival…”"
"Family and history told through plates of food. When Andi Oliver was stuck in Antigua for three months during the pandemic (her mother’s family is from there), it resulted in this, her first cookbook. All the Caribbean classics you hope for are here: fried dumplings; ackee, saltfish, callaloo; pepperpot; rice and peas; and roti. Many others, too. The dish I cannot wait to eat is the curry goat with chocolate. The hack I’ll use most often is the green seasoning. The recipes are punctuated with diary notes and stories (meet Vicky, the car-park meat-dealer, Sister Hector and Granny), all in Oliver’s warm, infectious voice. She is UK food’s best-loved personality, <i>The Pepperpot Diaries</i> can only add to that."
"Broadcaster and chef Andi Oliver describes Caribbean food as ‘constantly evolving and bursting with flavour’. This warm, chatty book mixes tales from her own life with recipes from all over the Caribbean; highlights are chocolate curry goat, green banana and coconut dumplings, and a spicy rice pudding. A delightful guide to this vibrant cuisine."
About The Pepperpot Diaries
The ingredients we use in Caribbean cookery tell a story - and it's a huge swirling tale...
The Pepperpot Diaries is Andi Oliver's long-awaited first cookbook. Showcasing both traditional and new recipes, cherished ingredients and vibrant flavours from across the Caribbean, let Andi Oliver take you on an exploration of identity and heritage as she shows you how to create simple yet sensational dishes that will bring the unbeatable flavours of Caribbean cooking to your table.
The story of food captured in this book will take readers on a journey around the melting pot of cultural influences, history and heritage that has uniquely shaped traditional and contemporary Caribbean cuisine. Through her travels in Antigua, Andi shares her deeply personal journey on reconnecting with the food she grew up eating - the flavours and ingredients that run through her heart and soul - and what the future might hold for Caribbean cookery. This book explores who we were, who we are, and where we're going - all through the food we eat and the people we meet along the way.