A Taste of Cuba: A Journey Through Cuba and Its Savory Cuisine, Includes 75 Authentic Recipes from the Country's Top Chefs

A Taste of Cuba: A Journey Through Cuba and Its Savory Cuisine, Includes 75 Authentic Recipes from the Country's Top Chefs


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From the leading photographer of Cuba, A Taste of Cuba is a stunning culinary and visual journey through Cuba that presents 75 authentic, never-before-shared recipes from the world’s most inventive chefs.

In a country shrouded in secrecy, a mouthwatering, but little-known food scene thrives. A Taste of Cuba offers unprecedented access into the kitchens of Cuba’s top chefs, where the country’s most delectable dishes are created and where the chefs share for the very first time, their brilliant techniques, inspiration, and best recipes.

Renowned Cuba photographer Cynthia Carris Alonso and her Cuban husband, José Luis Alonso, take you with them on their ride through Havana and around the country, as they stop in Cuba’s twenty top paladares —private, family owned establishments. Inside you’ll see how Cuban chefs are world-class, resourceful, and inventive, adapting their dishes based on the changing ingredients available on the market. Between visits with the chefs, you’ll walk the streets of Cuba, experiencing its vibrant, colorful culture and seeing its lush landscapes up close.

A Taste of Cuba offers seventy-five original recipes supplied by Cuba’s top chefs, tested and translated for an American kitchen by chef Valerie Feigen, allowing you to make staples such as ropa vieja, frijoles negros, and maduros —stewed beef, black beans, and sweet plantains—as well as for more elaborate dishes, such as eggplant caviar, fish tacos, and ham croquettes. It shares the recipe for La Cocina de Lilliam’s life-changing bread, sweets such as dreamy alfajores con dulce de leche , Cuba’s famous coffees, mojitos, and juices, and Ernest Hemingway’s papa doble daiquiri of legend.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948062008
Publisher: Apollo Publishers
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 757,417
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 17.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Cynthia Carris Alonso is an acclaimed photographer, a writer, and the author of Passage to Cuba. Since 1992, she has regularly traveled to Cuba, documenting its news, musicians, and culture for music recording companies and publications such as Newsweek , Vanity Fair , BusinessWeek , and People en Español. Alonso has appeared as a Cuba consultant on national television, in print, and on radio. Her images have exhibited throughout the United States and in Canada and Brazil. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Valerie Feigen is a self-taught chef who previously worked as a lawyer, stock analyst, and co-owner of Edit, a women’s fashion specialty store. At age seventeen, Feigen professionally baked and sold her buttercrunch candy to food stores in New York City and Philadelphia. Feigen writes the blog recipistsdiary.com and each entry includes a memory and one or more of her original recipes. Feigen and Cynthia Carris Alonso met when they were five years old and have been friends ever since. Feigen was the inspiration for Marisa Tomei’s character in The Big Short. She lives in New York City.

José Luis Alonso is a teacher, writer, and award-winning children’s book author of Secretos con mi Almohada , published in Cuba in 1980. Alonso was born in Cuba and met Cynthia Carris Alonso, now his wife, in Havana. Together, the couple has collaborated on numerous lectures and exhibits to celebrate Cuban culture. Prior to working in academia, Alonso was a chef and restaurant manager. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

Table of Contents



Ivan Chefs Justo

  • Fish Croquettes with Plantains
  • Fish Filet Over Chickpeas
  • Fish Ceviche

Al Carbon

  • Grilled Al Carbon Chicken
  • Chicken with Rice
  • Yuca with Garlic Sauce
  • Meringue Cookies
  • Four-Milk Cake
  • Dulce de Leche

Los Mercaderes

  • Lobster with Pineapple

Hotel Saratoga

  • Olga's Butter Cookies


La Guarida

  • Puree of Vegetable Soup
  • Eggplant Caviar in Tomato Coulis
  • Fish Tacos with Fried Yam Taco Shells
  • Boniato and Plaintain Chips
  • Grilled Fish
  • Ravioli
  • Three-Milk Dark Chocolate Cake

San Cristobal

  • Grilled Chicken with White Rice, Black Beans, and Sweet Plantains
  • Grandmother's Garden Salad
  • Fillet of Fish Florida with Orange Sauce
  • Havana Temptation: Steak Strips with Grandmother's Demi-Glace Sauce
  • Green Papaya in Simple Syrup with Cheese


Café Laurent

  • Café Laurent-Style Fried Plantains
  • Caramel Cake

California Café

  • Cuban Sandwich
  • Chard and Egg Stir-Fry
  • Tropical Shrimp

El Atelier

  • Salmon Roll with Eggplant
  • Tomato Terrine with Prosciutto
  • Almond Pesto Sauce
  • Smoked Salmon with Pesto Cream Cheese
  • Duck à l'Orange
  • Ratatouille
  • Leg of Lamb
  • Octopus Salad
  • Malanga Fritters
  • Surf and Turf

El Litoral

  • Serrano Ham Croquettes with Four-Cheese Sauce
  • Four-Cheese Sauce
  • Fried Beef
  • Sweet Guava Shells with Cream Cheese and Guava Syrup
  • Lime Meringue Pie

El Cocinero

  • Japanese Salad
  • Mini Cheeseburgers


La Cocina de Lilliam

  • Homemade Bread
  • Tuna Bruschetta
  • Seafood Paella
  • Fish Stock


  • Mixed Green Salad
  • Bruschetta
  • Fisherman's Pasta


  • Fusterlandia Cake


Finca Agroecologica el Paraiso

  • Anti-Stress Drink
  • Flan


Villa Lagarto

  • Green Plantain Chips
  • Vegetable Soup
  • Shredded Beef
  • Roasted Pork with Rice Mixed with Beans


Sol Ananda

  • Shredded or Pulled Pork
  • Glazed Fruits


  • Mixed Seafood Grill
  • Grilled Fish
  • Chocolate Covered Bananas


Ajiaco Café

  • Vegetable Empanadas
  • Ajiaco Stew
  • Fresh Fruit Cocktail
  • Frozen Mojito
  • Rice Pudding with Mojito Granita


  • Classic Daiquiri
  • Hemingway Daiquiri
  • Classic Mojito
  • Simple Syrup
  • DuPont Special
  • Cuba Libre
  • Cubanito Cocktail
  • Vigía Cocktail
  • La Guarida Coffee


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