While growing up Edyth James worked preparing and serving meals at the Pine Grove, a hotel owned and operated by her family and nestled in the Blue Mountains of her native Jamaica. During that time she learned to respect the foods and flavors of the Caribbean island, especially the fruits and vegetables from her family’s garden.James, 58, is now an accomplished restaurateur. Almost 20 years ago she founded Saffron’s Caribbean Cuisine, a venerated, 300-seat eatery in St. Petersburg, Fla., ...

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