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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.

      Jibarito

    • 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 Company
    Released: 1983-03-31
    Hardcover (408 pages)

    Puerto Rican Cookery
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    • Pelican Publishing Company
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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 Rico: Grand Cuisine of the Caribbean

    By Jose Luis Diaz de Villegas

    La Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico
    Hardcover (292 pages)

    Puerto Rico: Grand Cuisine of the Caribbean
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    • Product Details: Hardcover: 292 pages
    • Language: English
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    Throughout five centuries, Puerto Rico has developed an internationally renowned cuisine, which incorporates Caribbean ingredients and a long tradition of culinary culture. In this book, the profiles and recipes of nine great chefs demonstrate human and professional aspects of their careers, and how by their efforts-and that of many of their colleagues-Puerto Rico has turned into the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean.

    Puerto Rican Cuisine: Authentic Recipes of Puerto Rico

    By JR Stevens

    Independently published
    Paperback (70 pages)

    Puerto Rican Cuisine: Authentic Recipes of Puerto Rico
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    Discover over 50 authentic recipes from Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican cuisine has its roots in the cooking traditions and practices of Spain, Africa and its native Taínos. More recently the cuisine of Puerto Rico has been greatly influenced by the United States. Puerto Rican cuisine has transcended the boundaries of the island and also has a lot of Asian influence especially Japanese and Chinese, and can be found in several other countries. Grab your copy of Puerto Rican Cuisine now!

    The Tropical Kitchen: Puerto Rican Cookbook for Cooking with Classic Flavors of Puerto Rico

    By Martha Stone

    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
    Paperback (64 pages)

    The Tropical Kitchen: Puerto Rican Cookbook for Cooking with Classic Flavors of Puerto Rico
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    If you have always wanted to learn how to make authentic Puerto Rican dishes from the comfort of your own home, then this is the perfect book for you.

    Inside of this Puerto Rican cookbook, you will learn how to make authentic Puerto Rican dishes that are packed with all of the classic flavors of the tropics. You will learn how to make dishes such as:

    • Carne Guisado
    • Beef Empanadas
    • Traditional Puerto Rican Rice and Beans
    • Mofongo
    • Three Meat Sancocho
    • Puerto Rican Pernil
    • Tostones
    • Crema de Farina
    • Traditional Puerto Rican Flan
    • Pollo Fricassee
    • Chicharrones de Pollo
    • Puerto Rican Potato Salad

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    Grab a copy of this Puerto Rican cookbook and start making Puerto Rican dishes today!

    Puerto Rican Cuisine in America: Nuyorican and Bodega Recipes

    By Oswald Rivera

    Running Press Adult
    Released: 2015-03-10
    Paperback (336 pages)

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    Puerto Rican cuisine holds a unique place in the culinary world with its blend of Spanish, African, and Native Caribbean influences. In Puerto Rican Cuisine in America, Oswald Rivera shares over 250 family-favorite recipes that explore this one-of-a-kind style of Caribbean cooking. There is everything from hearty soup like Sancocho to savory delicacies such as Cabro Borracho (druken goat) and Camarones Guisados (stewed shrimp) to rich desserts like Flan de Calabaza (pumpkin flan). Plus, with a suggested wine pairing for every dish and 90 delicious drink recipes, readers can enjoy the perfect Puerto Rican meal.

    Throughout the book, Oswald explores Puerto Rico's unique history, its people's migration to New York City, and his youth growing up in Harlem, as well as the growth of the Nuyorican culture in the United States. Refreshed with new illustrations throughout, this edition features a new preface by the author.

    46 Simple & Easy Grandma Recipes From Puerto Rico

    By Angel Anderson

    Released: 2011-12-19
    Kindle Edition (160 pages)

    46 Simple & Easy Grandma Recipes From Puerto Rico
     
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    If you want easy and simple to follow cooking recipes from grandma this is the book you want

    In “46 Simple & Easy Recipes From Puerto Rico” you will have step by step directions to real home cooking at your fingertips.

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