Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen
Brazen, bold and colorful. Cuba is a country that pulses with life. Fascinated by its [ep[;e and their endlessly delicious home-cooked cuisine, Dan Goldberg and Andrea Kuhn have been visiting this magnetic country, capturing its passion and vibrancy, for the past five years. Dan, an award-winning photographer, and Andea, an acclaimed prop stylist and art director, along with renowned food writer Jody Eddy, bring the best of Cuban food to home kitchens with more than seventy-five meticulously tested recipes. From Cuban-style Fried Chicken and Tostones Stuffed with Lobster and Conch, to Squid-ink Empanadas and Mojito Cake with Rum-Infused Whipped Cream, this book offers a unique opportunity to bring a little slice of Cuba into your home and onto your plate.
My Thoughts: Cuba seemed like until very recently, a place that I’d never visit. A sort of mystical place with gorgeous retro cars and architecture and a beautiful mix of Caribbean and Spanish culture. Luckily it seems that the political climate has since changed a bit recently and Cuba could soon be a destination. So of course when I saw this book that featured stories and recipes from Cuba I was immediately interested in getting to check it out.
This cookbook starts with showing real photos of real families living life and quickly goes into the basics of making a cuban meal. The different rice and mean options were laid out, as well as chicken and fish stock, the latter being something I hadn’t previously seen recipes for. Throughout there are Cuban people making Cuban dishes and the food looks real, like something these people would tally eat. The ingredients are laid out nicely and the instructions easy to read. There’s even something of a Chinese Cuban recipe if that tells you about the variety of the recipes. If you liked my Tamales Book Review or The Hot Bread Kitchen, you’ll love Cuba!