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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,...

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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: 9780375711961
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 639,125
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 6.18 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Introduction: Cuban Cooking: lore, history, and anecdotes xi

Stocking a Cuban Kitchen: Equipment and ingredients 3

Classic Cuban Cocktails: More than sugar and rum

Cócteles Clásicas Cubanos 7

Batidos: Milkshakes and juice drinks the Cuban way

Batidos y jugos Dropicales 26

Appetizers: Croquettes, ernpanadas, and frittors

aperitivos: croquetas, empanadas, y frituras 35

Broths, Soups, and Creams Cuban Style

caldos, sopas, y cremas al estilo cubano 51

Nutritious Potages

Potages más nutritivos 66

Cuban sandwiches, Wraps, and Chops

sándwiches y bocaditos 77

Dressings, Sauces, Mojos, and the Famous Sofrito

alinos, salsas mojos, y el sofrito 104

Vegetables and Root Vegetables

vegetables y viandas 22

Plantains in Many Variations

los plátanos en variantes 141

Rice Goes with Everything

el arroz va con toda 159

Pastas Cuban Style

pastas italianas a la cubana 176

Cuban Salads

ensaladas cubanas 190

Cuban Egg Recipes

platos rápidos con huevos 201

Tropical Catch of the Day

con el sabor del mar caribe 220

Chicken the Cuban Way

pollo a la cubana 244


carne de res 259


puerco 284

Veal, Sausage, and Other Meats

ternera, salchichas, y atras carnes 302

Cuban Baby Food

para los más pequeños 309

The Cuban Pressure Cooker

la olla a presión cubana 322

Light Cuban

platos ligeros cubanos 330

Cuban Desserts

postres cubanos 339

Cubanice Creams and Frozen Treats

helados y granizados cubanos 389

Cuban Coffee, Cortadito, and More

café cubano, cortadito, y más 404

Cuban Candies: Old- and new-fashioned

caramelos cubanos 408

Acknowledgments 415

Resources 417

Index 421

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

    highly recommend

    great recipes, can find most ingredients locally

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