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    Puerto Rico Puerto Rico is a self-governing unincorporated territory of the United States of America. It is an island archipelago, consisting of the main island of Puerto Rico, as well as several smaller islands and keys, and is located in the Caribbean Sea, to the East of the Dominican Republic, and to the West of the Virgin Islands.

    The first people to reach Puerto Rico are believed to have reached the island around 2000 BCE. The details of early settlement are obscure, since the native peoples were later almost entirely wiped out during the early Spanish period.

    The Spanish period began in 1493 with the arrival of Christopher Columbus, on his second voyage - by 1508, the Spanish had appointed their first governor (Juan Ponce de León). For almost four hundred years, despite attacks by Britain, France, and the Netherlands, and several revolts, Puerto Rico remained a Spanish colony.

    In 1898, during the Spanish-American war, US forces invaded Puerto Rico, and a result of that, and the subsequent Treaty of Paris which ended the war, Puerto Rico has been a US territory ever since.

    Puerto Rican cuisine has developed an interesting cuisine, derived from many diverse sources, in part as a result of a combination of these historical influences, as well as of course exploiting local ingredients. Some dishes are derived from the original Amerindian inhabitants of the island, there are also many dishes influenced by Spanish cuisine, and of course, US cuisine has also left its mark.

    Some popular Puerto Rican dishes include:
    • Albondigón - Puerto Rican meatloaf.

    • Alcapurrias - Dough is made from green bananas and taro root, stuffed with meat or crab, and then fried.

    • Arroz con gandules - Rice with pigeon-peas, flavored with sofrito (a thick cooked sauce, inspired by Spanish cuisine), and served with smoked ham.

      Arroz con gandules

    • Arroz con pollo - Rice and chicken.

    • Carne Guisada - Beef stew.

    • Cuajitos en salsa - Pork belly in a hot sauce.

    • Jibarito - Meat, cheese, salad and mayonnaise served between slices of fried plantain (a plantain sandwich). It is often served with Spanish rice, and is very popular among Puerto Ricans living in the mainland United States.


    • Morcilla - Spicy sausages.

    • Mofongo - Green plantains or yuca fried in olive oil with garlic and pork cracklings. It is served mashed with chicken soup or meat.

    • Pollo frito - The Puerto Rican version of fried chicken.

    • Taquitos - A stuffed tortilla, deep-fried. Similar to Mexican cuisine's chimichanga.

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    Puerto Rican Cookery

    By Carmen Aboy Valldejuli

    Pelican Publishing
    Released: 1983-03-31
    Hardcover (408 pages)

    Puerto Rican Cookery
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    Puerto Rican Cookery has become the standard reference on traditional native cookery (cocina criolla). According to the San Juan Star, "the cookbook is seen and is more likely better read in some homes than the religious tome. . . . [it] is considered a primer for beginning cooks . . . a textbook for home economists and it is a guide for the gourmet as well."

    Puerto Rican Dishes (Cookbook)

    By Berta Cabanillas & Berta; Ginorio, Carmen Cabanillas

    Brand: La Editorial, Universidad de Puerto Rico
    Paperback (152 pages)

    Puerto Rican Dishes (Cookbook)
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    Versión en inglés de Cocine a Gusto, ofrece una colección representativa de platos puertorriqueños. Puerto Rican cookbook “Cocine a Gusto”. Easy-to-follow recipes designed to provide Caribbean cooking enthusiasts with a fi ne taste of typical Puerto Rican fare

    Cocina criolla

    By Carmen Valldejuli

    Pelican Publishing
    Released: 1983-03-31
    Hardcover (469 pages)

    Cocina criolla
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    "The foremost authority on Puerto Rican cooking is a silver haired, stylish, and warmly hospitable woman named Carmen Aboy Valldejuli . . . [her books] are considered today to be the definitive books on island cooking."
    -New York Times

    Written entirely in Spanish, Cocina Criolla, the standard reference work on traditional Puerto Rican cooking, is in its 68th priniting and has special appeal to those who enjoy the island's cuisine.

    In addition to offering hundreds of delicious recipes, Cocina Criolla includes advice for the inexperienced cook that ranges from suggestions about the most efficient way to read a recipe to suggestions about what kitchen equipment every cook should have.

    Cocina Criolla no puede compararse con la generalidad de los libros de cocina. En muchos puntos difiere grandemente de �stos. Pero por su encaje perfecto en la necesidad actual de literatura culinaria pr�ctica y �til y por la forma detallada y caracter�stica de sus rectas es, de por s�, �nico en su clase.

    Cocina Criolla solucionar� muchas problemas dom�sticos y por lo tanto, est� llamad a ser un libro indespensable en el hogar.

    The English edition of this book, Puerto Rican Cookery, is in its 36th printing with more than 167,000 copies in print and is also available from Pelican.

    Rice Recipes from Puerto Rico

    By Iris Cruz

    Released: 2015-05-16
    Kindle Edition (82 pages)

    Rice Recipes from Puerto Rico
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    Rice is a staple of the Puerto Rican diet, and over the centuries, a number of delicious dishes have been developed on the beautiful Caribbean island. While some of these recipes are passed on from generation to generation, others have been forgotten and until now were lost to those who wish to experiment with preparing Puerto Rican cuisine in their kitchens. "Rice Recipes from Puerto Rico" brings recipes for both these delicious, yet largely forgotten rice dishes and longtime favorites together to help every cook prepare tasty Puerto Rican meals at home.

    "Rice Recipes from Puerto Rico" was written by Iris Cruz, who is known for her easy to follow, definitive guides to Puerto Rican cuisine. The recipe book includes 30 rice dishes that include main dishes, sides and desserts. Each recipe begins with a complete listing of what's needed to prepare the dish and a brief introduction to how the dish is enjoyed in Puerto Rico. Then, Cruz provides a simple step by step outline of how best to prepare the dish. The book concludes with a list of helpful resources that home cooks can use to learn more about Puerto Rican cuisine.

    With "Rice Recipes from Puerto Rico", it's easy to bring a taste of Puerto Rico to the dinner table and create rice dishes with Caribbean flair that every member of the family will enjoy. Download your copy of this cookbook now!

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