Eating Cuban: 120 Authentic Recipes from the Streets of Havana to American Shores

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To "eat Cuban" is to savor a deliciously complex culinary culture. Spanish, Native American, African, Chinese, and French traditions have all contributed to Cuban cooking, producing a distinctive Caribbean cuisine as richly chorded as the island's music.

Beverly Cox and Martin Jacobs's itinerary takes them from the barrio, paladars (private restaurants), and chic nightspots of Havana to the eateries of Florida's emigre communities. From their...
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Overview

To "eat Cuban" is to savor a deliciously complex culinary culture. Spanish, Native American, African, Chinese, and French traditions have all contributed to Cuban cooking, producing a distinctive Caribbean cuisine as richly chorded as the island's music.

Beverly Cox and Martin Jacobs's itinerary takes them from the barrio, paladars (private restaurants), and chic nightspots of Havana to the eateries of Florida's emigre communities. From their journeys, they've gathered more than 120 recipes that comprehensively document Cuban cooking's diversity, from the black bean soup found on any Cuban table, to the empanadas sold by Havana's street vendors, to the grilled sandwiches that are a mainstay of Miami's Calle Ocho, to the innovative dishes devised by chefs at top Cuban restaurants.

Gorgeously illustrated with Jacobs's photographs -many shot on the authors' travels through Cuba-Eating Cuban highlights Cuban food's historical roots, the classic Creole dishes that evolved from these disparate cultural influences, current trends in Cuban cooking, street foods and on-the-go snacks, and quintessential Cuban beverages from cafe Cubano to the mojito. A valuable resource list helps American cooks locate the required ingredients, and a restaurant directory points the way to the very best in Cuban cuisine-in Cuba and the U.S.
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Prolific food writer Cox and photographer Jacobs have collaborated on several other cookbooks, including Spirit of the Harvest. Through Jacobs's son, a chef, they were able to travel to Cuba, and their new book is filled with striking photographs of Havana and the Cuban countryside as well as recipes for both traditional and contemporary dishes. The recipes are grouped into five categories-Les Raices (The Roots), Creole Classics, Street Foods, and New Wave Cooking; many, though not all, of the Neuvo Latino dishes come from Cuban chefs cooking in the United States. Cox's head notes are both informative and readable, and the book also includes a glossary of ingredients and cooking terms, a source guide, and a list of "Favorite Places for Eating Cuban." Joining a handful of recent books on Cuban food, e.g., Beatriz Llamas's Taste of Cuba, this is highly recommended. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584795414
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 636,087
  • Product dimensions: 10.37 (w) x 9.87 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2006

    High Class Cuban

    Eating Cuban will probably spend more time on your coffee table than in your kitchen -- the pictures are just gorgeous. I've never been to Cuba, but the photographer, who evidently spent a lot of time there, makes it look like a real paradise. Most of the recipes look pretty complex, although the pictures are very appetizing showing Cuban food in abundance. The book includes many of the Cuban standards that I've seen lately in several other Cuban cookbooks. Many of the Nuevo-Latino recipes that are included here look interesting, although they do tend to lean to the gourmet side of the Cuban food spectrum. Scholars will appreciate the fact that the book features a lot of encyclopedic background information on food origins and the various dishes. The author even includes a list of restaurants in Cuba for Canadian and European travelers who are allowed to tour there. The stunning photos of this incredible island nation make Eating Cuban a worthy addition to your coffee table collection.

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