The 10 Best Trinidad Cookbooks, Including 3 Vegetarian Based Options!

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Hi, I am Chef Zara. In this post, I will guide you through the best Trinidad Cookbooks.

I love discovering new food and cooking with friends and family. One of the most common questions that I often get is for cookbook recommendations. I have created this guide for friends, family, and new friends alike. I hope that you enjoy our site.

Caribbean Recipes are full of Trinidad!

The Caribbean is known for its beautiful beaches, yummy drinks, and an array of mouthwatering cuisines. The island of Trinidad is no exception. Trinidad is a melting pot of cultures, and the cuisines truly reflect its rich history of worldly inhabitants. So, get ready to fuel your tastebuds with the many flavors of Trinidad.

Discover our selection of the 10 Best Trinidad Cookbooks!


1. Sweet Hands: Island Cooking from Trinidad & Tobago

Why We Love It ❤️

We recommend this Trinidad & Tobago Cookbook if you are looking not only to cook unique recipes but also want travel notes that are inserted in about 170+ recipes. The author is part of Trinidadian and has strong ties to the country. So, you’ll not only be assured that the recipes are authentic, but you’ll also be well equipped with travel ideas for your Trinidad itinerary.

What The Readers Are Saying 👂

“Love this book! The recipes are easy to follow and offer a broad range of my native cuisine. I’m encouraged and excited to try many recipes I haven’t tried before!” –B. Bain

Review 📖

Want to go to Trinidad but just haven’t gotten there yet? Or maybe you’ve been and are ready to plan your next trip back. This book was written to allow you to entrench yourself into the island’s unique blend of cultural cuisines.

With over 170 recipes, you can be sure to find a variety of meals from the country. Plus, as a bonus, the author gives excellent context into the inspiration and tradition surrounding the recipes. On top of that, the book is filled with colorful, refreshing, and realistic pictures of the recipes, scenery, and island life; keep reading about Island food (check out our guide on the Best Hawaiian Cookbooks). If you’re looking to go on a cultural and culinary experience from the comfort of your own home, then this book is it!


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

Why We Love It ❤️

This Trinidad cookbook was published by Naparima Girls School. It contains over 500 recipes, all sourced from the kitchens of the student’s families. When you are thumbing through this book, you can rest assured that any recipe you chose has been used for quite some time (maybe even generations) in the kitchens of the locals.  

What The Readers Are Saying 👂

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

Review 📖

Did you know that the staple dishes of Trinidad have been handed down from generation to generation? Like with anything handed down, it changes with each passing hand. However, you can be sure that the recipes provided in this book accurately represent how meals are made and enjoyed within homes across the island.  

The book includes 500 recipes made up of customary dishes from Creole, East Indian, Chinese, Spanish, and English countries. The dishes within the book truly demonstrate the diversity of the island. With 500 recipes, you’re bound to find a meal that even the pickiest eater will enjoy!


3. Trinidad Recipes Cookbook: Most Wanted Trinidad Cooking Recipes

Why We Love It ❤️

As the name implies, this cookbook has the country’s most wanted and popular recipes! If you are looking to cut to the chase and taste the highlights of “Trini” cooking, then look no further. At 54 pages in length and with 20 recipes, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the varying tastes of Trinidad.

What The Readers Are Saying 👂

“I like the recipes and how they turned. They are very easy to follow, and it turns out great. No leftovers here :)” –Nathalie

Review 📖

If you are familiar with traditional Trinidad cuisine, you may be aware that some popular dishes need to be prepped in a specific way. This may make you apprehensive about cooking up classic “Trini” meals. Fear not. The goal of this book is to provide clear, easy-to-prepare popular Trinidadian recipes.  

Twenty recipes may not seem like a lot, yet you’ll get a variety of recipes sure to make your mouth water. Looking to add a new dish to your holiday dinner? Try the Christmas rice recipe. Feeling adventurous? Then, see what the Pigeon Pea dish tastes like. Why not pair your exploratory meal with a mango punch drink recipe? 

As you can probably tell, this Trinidad cookbook packs a punch when it comes to flavor and variety.  


4. Irresistible Trinidad Recipes: An Enlightening Cookbook on Caribbean Dishes

Why We Love It ❤️

Get ready to bring the island to your front door with this Trinidad cookbook. Between the pictures, straightforward recipe directions, and cultural tidbits, you will truly feel like you just landed on the island. We love this book for making us feel like we are cooking in Trinidad no matter what day it is.

Review 📖

This cookbook aims to bring authentic Trinidadian recipes right to your front door. Irresistible Trinidad Recipes: An Enlightening Cookbook on Caribbean Dishes contains over 20 recipes and hopes you’ll make some of the meals an everyday staple in your home.

You’ll be able to explore all the spices, seasonings, tastes, and textures that make Trinidad food so memorable. This book gives you an array of recipes with food influences ranging from Chinese, African, and even from Middle Eastern (check out our guide on the Best Vegetarian Middle Eastern Cookbooks) and European, and shows how all these cultures came together to give the island’s cuisine such diversity!


5. Sweet TnT 100 West Indian Recipes

Why We Love It ❤️

We highly recommend this Trinidad cookbook to anyone who is looking for a comprehensive list of Caribbean cuisine (check out our guide on the Best Caribbean Cookbooks). You’ll have recipe options to concoct sauces, street foods, lunch, breakfast, dinner, bread, and more. As you can imagine, this book doesn’t skip a detail, no matter what type of food you’d like to whip up.

What The Readers Are Saying 👂

“Everything you need from TNT is just wonderful and absolutely mouthwatering… I know because I am Trini myself deliciousness. Get this the best of the best” – Raquel Andrews

Review 📖

As the name implies, this cookbook comes with 100 recipes. These recipes contain full-color pictures giving you a vibrant idea of what the dish will look like. From street food to treats, drinks, and home-cooked meals, you will truly feel that you are immersed in day-to-day Caribbean living.  

The book is broken down into 10 sections, allowing you to jump right to whatever kind of food you’re in the mood to cook. These sections include bread, chutney, salads, mains, savory snacks, spicy snacks, and more.

The mouthwatering pictures aren’t the only aspects that add spark to this cookbook. You’ll also get stories of what life is like on the island with memories of childhood in the Caribbean islands (check out our guide on the Best Dominican Cookbooks). So, get ready to indulge your senses with this well-laid-out comprehensive book.


6. Simply Trini Cooking

Why We Love It ❤️

You get the best of both when you cook from this Trinidad cookbook. The book not only has the most popular Trinidad recipes but also comes with not-so-common dishes. With over 600 recipes, it will be hard to run out of tasty Trinidad dishes to cook. Enjoy all things Trinidad cuisine with this one!

What The Readers Are Saying 👂

“I love love love this book. The content is spot on for Trini foods. Lots of old favorites and new ones. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants authentic Trini cuisine” -Trevene H.

Review 📖

The recipes provided in Simply Trini Cooking reflect the author’s 10-year journey of cooking and photographing classic Trinidad recipes. With this book, you can feel confident that you are following dishes that have been carefully measured and stand the test of time. Plus, the author wants you to have the best experience with Caribbean cooking by including Trinidad’s cooking basics and local food terms.

With over 600 recipes, you may feel like you have too many options. Yet, the recipes are simple, full of pictures, and broken into nine sections. The book is thoughtfully put together, you can jump right into whatever type of recipe you want. The sections include topics such as bread, cakes, soups, fish, and salads. Cheers for indulging in Trinidad cooking time and time again with this one!


7. Caribbean Vegan: Plant-Based, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion

Why We Love It ❤️

If you follow a vegan diet (check out our guide on the Best Vegetarian Cookbooks), then, at times, you may feel limited when trying to enthrall yourself in a country’s food scene fully. With the Trinidad cookbook, you can feel empowered and excited to cook up notable Caribbean cuisine with tried-and-true vegan-adapted recipes. Look no further for the food vegan lover; you’ve found your Caribbean recipe book!

What People Are Saying 👂

“Very cool recipe book. Makes me remember visits to the Caribbean and the great food.” –William T. Murray

Review 📖

This cookbook includes Trinidadian recipes and meals from all over the Caribbean. The recipes are adapted to a vegan diet. So, if you or someone you cook for follows this diet, you can look forward to cooking up authentic recipes, vegan style!

Caribbean cooking can be technical, so the author has made sure to make you feel comfortable with Caribbean cooking tips, a glossary of Caribbean cooking terms, and a list of cooking equipment. If you are looking for Trinidad recipes, you’ll be delighted to find recipes for curry mayonnaise, curry sauce, cassava pancakes, dal puri roti, curried potato salad, and more. You can truly relish all sorts of Caribbean cuisine and vegan styles with this book (check out our guide on the Best Chinese Vegan Cookbooks).


8. Provisions: The Roots of Caribbean Cooking

Why We Love It ❤️

Since the Caribbean is made up of a string of islands, many dishes involve seafood (check out our guide on the Best Seafood Cookbooks). If you’re plant-based or vegetarian, you can feel great knowing you’re getting the flavorful taste of Caribbean food with this cookbook. Looking specifically for Trinidad recipes? You’ll be delighted to find many of them among the pages. We just love this option for those seeking out a Trinidad vegetarian cookbook.

What The Readers Are Saying 👂

“An ode to culinary matriarchs and a welcome reconsideration of the culinary legacy of the Caribbean.” ―New Yorker (The Best Food Books of 2018)

Review 📖

Are you a vegetarian that loves Caribbean food? Well, then, this cookbook is the one for you! With 150 vegetarian recipes from islands across this part of the world, you’ll feel like you are on an island-hopping food cruise.  

If Trinidad vegetarian recipes are Caribbean foods you’re especially looking for, you can be sure to find some here. This book includes Trini classics such as Dasheen fritter balls, curried eggplant with roti, and crispy chana.  

All the recipes in this book were carefully crafted by two Caribbean sisters who are well-regarded foodies and chefs. Caribbean food can be filled with seafood; these sisters strive to bring the Trinidadian island flavors to non-meat and seafood eaters, too; thus, this book was created. With over 4.5 stars from 122 ratings, you can be sure it isn’t just the authors who approve these veggie-based recipes. So, throw your apron on, it’s time to get cooking!


9. Electric Pressure Cooker Curry Cookbook

Why We Love It ❤️

Looking for inexpensive, convenient, quick, yet desire a gourmet level flavorful meal? Well, this cookbook is the solution you’ve been searching for! Pressure cooking allows for an all-in-one pot way to bring tasty dishes to life. With this cookbook, you’ll find Trinidad recipes and other cultural indulgences too.

Review 📖

Electric pressure cookers can be found in many homes. They are great for cooking quick, low cleanup, and high flavor dishes. So, if you love whipping up meals via a pressure cooker, then you’ve found your cookbook. Although this book is not specifically a Trinidad cookbook, it includes the island’s classics like curried chicken and curried shrimp.

Since Trinidad food is a mixture of many cultures, you can also indulge your tastebuds in Indian food. This could potentially help you gain a deeper understanding of the influence this country had on the island. 


10. Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed 

Why We Love It ❤️

In a world where climate matters are a concern, this book helps bring you back to soil, sustainability, and farming. Whether you are vegan or not, you can feel good learning ways to reduce your food waste footprint while cooking authentic Caribbean-style recipes. Get ready to reduce, reuses, and indulge your tastebuds with this farm-to-table style cookbook. 

What The Readers Are Saying 👂

“If A People’s History Of The United States and Joy of Cooking had a baby, Afro-Vegan would be it!” – Isa Chandra Moskowitz

Review 📖

Vegan? Have a garden? Get ready to make farm-to-table vegan Caribbean dishes with this cookbook’s array of recipes from all islands in the Caribbean (check out our guide on the Best Haitian Cookbooks). You can enjoy cooking up Trinidad vegan-style classics such as okra fritters and tofu curry and mix them with other island staples like Jamaican stuffed patties.

Trinidad-Tobago and the Caribbean, in general, may be known for their seafood, but this book ensures you’ll delight your palate in customary fish dishes, just vegan style!

People in Trinidad and Tobago genuinely seem to love this book. Out of 2,927 ratings, the book is rated almost five stars! Plus, if you want this book quick, depending on where you live, you may qualify to have this book delivered the next day via Amazon prime. Overall, if you’ve been trying to add more sustainability to your lifestyle, this farm-to-table vegan Caribbean book can help enhance your efforts!


Final Thoughts

Trinidad is a Caribbean Island located just off the coast of Venezuela. Trinidad is a melting pot of cultures, and its cuisine truly reflects the varying influences an array of countries has had on the island. I hope that this Trinidad cookbook list helps ignite your journey through the country’s expansive traditional recipes, that’s why any of these books deserve to be in your storage of favorite cookbooks (check out our guide on the Best Storage for Cookbooks).


About Trinidad Cuisine

Throughout history, the island has been inhabited by people from all over the world. Trinidadian dishes are generally influenced by American, West African, Indian-South Asian, European, Latin American, and Creole nations. With people from different countries living together on an island, the cuisine is a fusion of foods, spices, and seasonings that reflect the nation’s diversity.



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Chef Zara is the founder and chief editor for Bakeaholic. He loves bringing smiles to people with the delicious visuals, smells, and tastes of food. Chef Zara's passion for baking started at a very young age, and he has never looked back since. He enjoys experimenting with different flavors and combinations, and takes great pride in creating unique recipes that will tantalize your taste buds. When he’s not whipping up something delectable in the kitchen, Chef Zara can be found exploring new culinary delights around the world.

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