Cynthia Nelson

Cynthia Nelson
 Cynthia Nelson
Business: Tastes Like Home
Location: Barbados
Expertise: Caribbean cooking

Cynthia Nelson is a journalist, food columnist, and cookbook author with lifelong experience and interest in the varied cuisine of the Caribbean. Using her firsthand knowledge of West Indian food, Cynthia creates dishes that represent the diverse culture of the islands.



Cynthia Nelson is a former writer for The Spruce, contributing articles on traditional Caribbean recipes and ingredients. Through her work as a journalist, Cynthia has traveled the length and breadth of the Caribbean, tasting, cooking, and experiencing West Indian food. Having learned to cook at an early age, Cynthia is at ease in the kitchen creating dishes that reflect the diversity of the region—Indian, African, Portuguese, Spanish, French, indigenous, and Chinese.

Cynthia lives in Barbados and teaches broadcast journalism. Her musings on food and life in the Caribbean appear regularly in publications, such as Stabroek News, in the Caribbean and North America. 


Cynthia Nelson learned to cook from her mother and aunt in Guyana. Her travels gave her experience with and an appreciation for the multicultural influences in Caribbean cuisine.

Awards and Publications

Published in 2010, "Tastes Like Home: My Caribbean Cookbook" is a collection of over 100 recipes reflecting dishes from the islands of the Caribbean. The book also includes Cynthia's personal experiences and memories from her life, further enhancing the strong connection between food, family, and Caribbean identity.

Cynthia has also had several articles and recipes published in a variety of magazines. She has contributed to Caribbean Belle (Trinidad), City Style and Living (Canada), U Magazine, and Christian Science Monitor. In addition, Cynthia writes a weekly column called "Tastes Like Home" for the Stabroek News.


About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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