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    Cuba Cuban cuisine combines influences from African cuisine, Caribbean cuisine, and Spanish cuisine. It should be noted that are significant dishes between the cuisine in the East and West of the island. In eastern Cuba, criollo (creole) cuisine tends to predominate, and you can also find many foods influenced by the Puerto Rican cuisine and the cuisine of the Dominican Republic (although often with particular Cuban twists). In the West of Cuba, the influences of European and Spanish cuisine are more apparent, and there are also some dishes which are influenced by Chinese cuisine which are popular in the capital, Havana.

    Some popular Cuban recipes and dishes include:
    • Arroz con pollo - Chicken with yellow rice.

    • Boliche - Beef eye round roast stuffed with chorizo, all in a tomato sauce.


    • Croquetas - Croquettes eaten as a finger food, especially in Havana. They contain cheese or ground beef, chicken, ham or fish, in a white sauce, and are then coated in bread crumbs and deep-fried.

    • Fabada Asturiana - A rich bean stew with white beans, black blood sausage (morcilla), spicy sausage (chorizo) and pork shoulder (lacón). It is flavored with saffron (azafrán) and seasonings, and is inspired by the Spanish dish of the same name.

    • Huevos a la habanera - Fried eggs on rice with plantains.

    • Mofongo - This dish tends to be eaten in eastern Cuba (as well as Puerto Rico). In Cuba it is also known as "Fou-fou". The dish consists of mashed plantains which are stuffed with chicken, pork or seafood.

    • Papas rellenas - Potato balls filled with ground beef, fried.

    • Picadillo - Ground beef with tomatoes, olives and capers. It is usually served with black beans and rice.

    • Platillo Moros y Cristianos - The Cuban version of rice and beans, made from black beans and white rice. The name is inspired by, and refers to the Reconquista of Spain (the Christian reconquest of Spain from Muslims), the Christians being referred to as "Cristianos" and represented by the rice, the muslims (Moors) being refered to as "Moros", being represented by the beans.

    • Ropa vieja - This dish is originally from the Canary Islands in Spain. Literally translated from Spanish, its name means "old clothes", although why it is called this is unknown. The dish consists of shredded flank steak in a tomato sauce, and is typically served with black beans, fried cassava, plantains and yellow rice.

      Ropa vieja

    • Tortilla de papa - Egg and potato omelette.

    • Tostones - Sliced unripe plantains, fried to make them crispy like potato chips.

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    The Cuban Table: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History

    By Ana Sofia Pelaez

    St Martin s Press
    Released: 2014-10-28
    Hardcover (336 pages)

    The Cuban Table: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History
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    ~Nominated for a James Beard Award in the international cookbook category!~

    The Cuban Table is a comprehensive, contemporary overview of Cuban food, recipes and culture as recounted by serious home cooks and professional chefs, restaurateurs and food writers. Cuban-American food writer Ana Sofia Pelaez and award-winning photographer Ellen Silverman traveled through Cuba, Miami and New York to document and learn about traditional Cuban cooking from a wide range of authentic sources.

    Cuban home cooks are fiercely protective of their secrets. Content with a private kind of renown, they demonstrate an elusive turn of hand that transforms simple recipes into bright and memorable meals that draw family and friends to their tables time and again. More than just a list of ingredients or series of steps, Cuban cooks' tricks and touches hide in plain sight, staying within families or being passed down in well-worn copies of old cookbooks largely unread outside of the Cuban community.

    Here you'll find documented recipes for everything from iconic Cuban sandwiches to rich stews with Spanish accents and African ingredients, accompanied by details about historical context and insight into cultural nuances. More than a cookbook, The Cuban Table is a celebration of Cuban cooking, culture and cuisine. With stunning photographs throughout and over 110 deliciously authentic recipes this cookbook invites you into one of the Caribbean's most interesting and vibrant cuisines.

    Cuban Flavor: Exploring the Island's Unique Places, People, and Cuisine

    By Liza Gershman

    Skyhorse Publishing
    Released: 2018-02-06
    Hardcover (240 pages)

    Cuban Flavor: Exploring the Island s Unique Places, People, and Cuisine
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    A lush journey through Cuba, its paladars, and its flavorful cuisine

    For Cubans, food is a complex story―a tapestry of love and loss woven so deeply into their culture that it goes well beyond that of history or sustenance. Gershman, who’s love affair with Cuba began long before her first visit, takes you along on a photojournalistic journey through the streets of Cuba and its paladares through her stunning photographs of the country’s glorious sights, the lively people, and, of course, the amazing variety of food.

    Much more than a cookbook, Cuban Flavor is an introduction to a revolutionary era of Cuban cuisine: a new frontier. Growth and transition foster the seed of invention and innovation, and these shifts often begin with food. From the succulent spiced meat of the national Ropa Viejo, simmered in a tomato-based criollo sauce, to the sweet and sticky Arroz Con Leche or the local favorite, Flan served in a soda can, Cuban cuisine has something for every palate. Pair these delights with a warm, sultry night, an old convertible, and a jazz band, and sit back as you fall deeply in love again . . . or for the very first time.

    This visually arresting volume features more than fifty Cuban recipes, from appetizers to main courses and drinks to desserts. Along with color photographs of the dishes, you’ll also get to meet the people who create them. This remarkable volume offers a taste of the little-known culture to a public that has long been deprived of its intoxicating flavors.

    Authentic Cuban Cuisine

    By Martha Cortina

    Brand: Pelican Publishing
    Released: 2011-04-05
    Hardcover (304 pages)

    Authentic Cuban Cuisine
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    Strongly influenced by Spanish traditions, with touches of African and Caribbean tastes, Cuban cuisine is as much about family as it is about flavor. This traditional collection of classic Cuban recipes includes every beloved dish, from Arroz Con Pollo and Mojo Sauce to Shreded Beef (Ropa Vieja), Boliche (Pot Roast), and Fried Sweet Ripe Plantains. Listed in both English and Spanish, each recipe boasts simple instructions and authentically Cuban results.

    The Versailles Restaurant Cookbook

    By Ana Quincoces

    University Press of Florida
    Hardcover (192 pages)

    The Versailles Restaurant Cookbook
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    “One sip of their Cuban coffee will keep you up for a week, which is perfect—that way you can have their delicioso desayuno every day.”—Sunny Anderson, Food Network


    “Now—finally—this wonderful collection of insightful stories and priceless recipes . . . Qué maravilla!”—John Quiñones, ABC News


    “If you haven’t tasted Versailles, you don’t know Miami.”—Pamela Silva Conde, Univision


    “How brilliant to be able to take Versailles home!”—Daisy Olivera, former Miami Herald columnist


    “What is a trip to Miami without a Cuban sandwich from this Little Havana landmark?”—Chef Art Smith


    Featured on the Food Network, the Travel Channel, and CNN and named by Time as one of the top ten places to visit in Miami, Versailles Restaurant has been at the heart of the Cuban-American community for decades. Presidents, politicians, and pop stars routinely stop in for a meal and a photo op.

    In 1971, Felipe Valls Sr. opened Versailles in Miami’s Little Havana, fulfilling his vision to create a Cuban hub—a place where friends and families could get together to enjoy high quality food at affordable prices. The restaurant’s success still hinges on this premise.

    The Versailles Restaurant Cookbook
    features some of the most beloved recipes from this Miami institution, including fried yuca, vaca frita (shredded beef with onions), lechón asado (roast pork), ropa vieja (shredded beef in tomato sauce), guava pie, and, of course, the one, the only, the original Cuban sandwich. The simplicity of Cuban cuisine makes it surprisingly easy to prepare these bold and savory dishes for which the restaurant is renowned.

    Ask the die-hard patrons of Versailles why it is their favorite restaurant for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a post-party snack at 2 a.m., and they’ll tell you they keep coming back for the tortilla (potato omelet), the plantain chips with mojo, the croquettes, the moros (mixed black beans and rice), and the rabo encendido (oxtail stew). These flavorful recipes have been passed down through the Valls family for generations; they are the traditional dishes abuela used to make.

    Versailles is indeed more than just a celebrated restaurant. For many it is a home away from home—a place where people from all backgrounds congregate to enjoy great food while discussing work, politics, and daily life. This amazing cookbook helps amateur chefs everywhere re-create that same warm feeling right at their own dinner tables.



    A Taste of Cuba: A Journey Through Cuba and Its Savory Cuisine, Includes 75 Authentic Recipes from the Country’s Top Chefs (2018)

    By Cynthia Carris Alonso

    Apollo Publishers
    Released: 2018-05-08
    Hardcover (304 pages)

    A Taste of Cuba: A Journey Through Cuba and Its Savory Cuisine, Includes 75 Authentic Recipes from the Country’s Top Chefs (2018)
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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 is emerging. 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 will share for the very first time, their brilliant techniques, inspiration, and best recipes. You’ll also be given the rare opportunity to walk the streets of Cuba, to experience its vibrant, colorful culture and see its lush landscapes up close.

    In this one-of-a-kind volume, 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 restaurants and paladares—private, family owned establishments—along the way. 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. Seventy-five original recipes supplied by Cuba’s top chefs, tested and translated for an American kitchen by chef Valerie Feigen, will allow you to make the chefs’ best appetizers, main courses, desserts, and drinks in your home.

    A Taste of Cuba offers recipes for Cuban 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 also 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.

    The Cuban Kitchen: 500 Simple, Stylish, and Flavorful Recipes Celebrating the Caribbean's Best Cuisine

    By Raquel Rabade Roque

    Knopf Publishing Group
    Released: 2011-08-16
    Paperback (448 pages)

    The Cuban Kitchen: 500 Simple, Stylish, and Flavorful Recipes Celebrating the Caribbean s Best Cuisine
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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.

    Cuba!: Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen

    By Dan Goldberg & Jody Eddy

    Released: 2016-09-20
    Hardcover (256 pages)

    Cuba!: Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen
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    Cuba! explores the magic of this vibrant country through more than 75 recipes that will set taste buds on fire and stories that will delight even the most well-seasoned traveler. 
    Brazen, bold, and colorful, Cuba is a country that pulses with life. Fascinated by its people and their endlessly delicious home-cooked cuisine, friends 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 Andrea, 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 75 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.

    Old Havana Cookbook: Cuban Recipes in Spanish and English

    Hippocrene Books
    Paperback (136 pages)

    Old Havana Cookbook: Cuban Recipes in Spanish and English
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    Havana is one of the oldest and most picturesque cities of the western hemisphere. It was a popular winter destination for North American tourists in the 1950s, and this cookbook recaptures the spirit of Old Havana-- Habana la vieja-- and its celebrated culinary traditions. Cuban cuisine, though derived from its mother country, Spain, has been modified and refined by locally available foods like pork, rice, corn, beans and sugar, and the requirements of a tropical climate. Fine Gulf Stream fish, crabs and lobsters, and an almost infinite variety of vegetables and luscious tropical fruits also have their places on the traditional Cuban table. This cookbook includes over 50 recipes, each in Spanish with side-by-side English translation-- all of them classic Cuban fare and old Havana specialties adapted for the North American kitchen. Among the recipes included are: Ajiaco (famous Cuban Stew), Boiled Pargo with Avocado Sauce, Lobster Havanaise, Tamal en Cazuela (Soft Tamal), Quimbombo (okra), Picadillo, Roast Suckling Pig, and Boniatillo (Sweet Potato Dulce), along with a whole chapter on famous Cuban cocktails and beverages.

    Cuban Recipes - The Ultimate Guide

    By Brenda Morales

    Encore Publishing
    Released: 2014-03-27
    Kindle Edition (47 pages)

    Cuban Recipes - The Ultimate Guide
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    * The Ultimate Cuban Recipe Guide *

    Considering Cuba's rather unique location in the Caribbean, it has developed a one-of-a-kind national cuisine that has Spanish, African and Caribbean influences. While many other Spanish nations cook food similar to each other, Cuban food is more heavily influenced by a variety of cooking techniques and spices. Therefore it has a slightly different taste that is highlighted by spices and ingredients used in Caribbean food. We have collected the most delicious and best selling recipes from the cuban cuisine. Enjoy!

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