Caribbean Light brings you vibrant, good-time, home-style island food that's not only exciting, but healthful and nutritious as well. Caribbean food is a medley of brilliant colors, bold flavors, and lush presentations. The cooking techniques combine European, African, Indian, and Chinese influences, and the result is a cuisine with a big, assertive personality. Using selective but authentic ingredients and lighter cooking methods, Donna Shields harnesses that boldness and, without dimming the color or diminishing its assertiveness, interprets Caribbean cooking for the healthy American lifestyle. The more than 125 recipes--for such exotically named but easy-to-cook dishes as Coo-Coo (the Caribbean answer to polenta), Suds 'n' Snapper (a tasty poached fish that lets you have your beer and eat it too), Stuffed Banana Lime Voodoo Chicken (the only magic is in the taste), and Pi±a Colada Custard Pie (featuring pineapple and coconut, just like the drink)--are accompanied by notes on their origins, descriptions of tropical ingredients, and short essays on island customs and festivals. Each of the recipes includes a nutritional breakdown of calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Donna Shields writes with a touch of whimsy befitting the carefree mood of the islands, and Caribbean Light is an invitation to savor these lusty tropical flavors in a collection of healthful, down-to-earth dishes designed to please American tastes. Donna Shields, who is a registered dietitian with a master's degree in nutrition communications, lives in Key West, Florida, where she operates Key West Culinary, a consulting firm for restaurant chains and food manufacturers. She is a former faculty member at the Culinary Institute of America, and her articles on healthful tropical cuisine have been published in Cooking Light, Better Homes & Gardens Low Calorie, Weight Watchers, Caribbean Travel & Life, and Restaurants USA magazines. She promotes healthful Caribbean cuisine through special events on cruise ships, speaking engagements for the Caribbean Culinary Federation, and on television.