The Cuban Table

The Cuban Table

A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History

Book - 2014
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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.

Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250036087
Branch Call Number: 641.5972 PEL
Characteristics: 323 pages : colour illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Silverman, Ellen


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Filled with rice and beans and seafood and the simplest, yet most exquisite pastries, this book takes me back to a time when everyone wrote letters by hand (and people still needed calories to survive). Looking at the photos makes me want to visit Cuba or at least throw a Cuban themed picnic in the heat of July. Also, there is fresh lime on everything and let’s face it, everything tastes better with fresh lime.

Jan 06, 2017

The Cuban Tale compiles diverse recipes from Cuba, thoughtfully weaving together personal anecdotes, photography, and good food.

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