The Cuban Kitchen

The Cuban Kitchen

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by Raquel Rabade Roque
     
 

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What is Cuban cuisine? A delectable intermingling of Spanish, Portuguese, Arabian, Chinese, and African culinary traditions—a true melting pot of all the influences that combine in Cuban culture.

Now, Raquel Rabade Roque gives us the definitive book of Cuban cuisine: encyclopedic in its range, but intimate and accessible in tone with more than five…  See more details below

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What is Cuban cuisine? A delectable intermingling of Spanish, Portuguese, Arabian, Chinese, and African culinary traditions—a true melting pot of all the influences that combine in Cuban culture.

Now, Raquel Rabade Roque gives us the definitive book of Cuban cuisine: encyclopedic in its range, but intimate and accessible in tone with more than five hundred recipes for classic, home-style dishes—from black bean soup to pork empanadas, from ropa vieja to black beans and croquetas, from tostones to arroz con pollo, from churros to café con leche—as well as the vividly told stories behind the recipes.

Based on the author’s family recipes, this is real Cuban cooking presented with today’s busy cooks in mind. Whether you are an experienced cook or a novice, a lover of Cuban cuisine or just discovering it, The Cuban Kitchen will become an essential part of your kitchen library.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Roque is the owner of one of Miami's largest bookstores, the Downtown Book Center. Her primary culinary credential is that she was raised in a "proud Cuban household," but that is wisdom enough for this collection of easy, flavorful dishes. The book's 26 chapters are packed with 500 short recipes covering everything from cocktails and batidos to Cuban baby food, ice cream treats, and candies. There are plenty of options focusing on chicken, beef, or pork. The chapter on sandwiches covers not only the classic cubano, but also a pressed ham and pineapple sandwich, and prepared cracker fulana, which is a mini ham and cheese served on saltines. There are more than 20 offerings in the chapter of egg recipes, including eggs malaga style, a souffle with ham, shrimp, peas, and asparagus. Roque also provides several "secrets of a Cuban cook," such as how to clean pig's feet, the easy way to peel a beet, and what to look for when choosing lobster. For adventurous gadget lovers, there is a section of recipes that employ a pressure cooker, while owners of ice cream machines and espresso coffee makers will also find recipes to exploit. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews

Turn your kitchen into an authentic Cuban cocina with these flavorful tropical recipes.

"This book is meant to preserve for future generations the rich culinary tradition of a people, and to reflect the best of my two worlds: the Cuba of the 1950s, when I was a child, and our Hispanic presence in today's America," writes Roque in the introduction. Mission accomplished. With recipes ranging from the traditional (croquettes and empanadas) to the exotic (homemade baby food with tropical ingredients and Cuban candies), the author's guide to all things Cuban also features family favorites and long-kept kitchen secrets. Not just a step-by-step guide, Roque's book is full of warm, cozy kitchen lore, both personal and historical. When offering the recipe for Cuban American Hamburgers, the author writes, "We all had to speak English at the table when my mom had cooked American hamburgers." When instructing readers in the fine art of tamale making, the author traces tamales through the ages—from their origins among the native Ciboney people to their modern incarnation as popular street food. The author begins with lists of equipment and pantry essentials and also provides a list of resources for home cooks in search of ingredients or tools. Helpful tips for a variety of kitchen quandaries, such as how to use leftovers, debone fish or store a suckling pig overnight, can be found throughout Roque's spirited guide to Cuban cuisine and culture.

A spicy mélange of Cuban and Cuban-American cuisine.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307595430
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/16/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
1,048,012
File size:
6 MB

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Meet the Author

Raquel Rabade Roque is the owner of the Downtown Book Center in Miami. She lives in Miami, Florida.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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The Cuban Kitchen 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
twin44 More than 1 year ago
great recipes, can find most ingredients locally