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The Cuban Kitchen
The Cuban Kitchen
by Raquel Rabade Roque
Paperback from Knopf
Media Published: 2011-08-16
ISBN: 0375711961

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.
 
Mexican Kitchen
Mexican Kitchen
by Rick Bayless
Paperback from Absolute Press
ISBN: 190457369X
 
 
Memories of a Cuban Kitchen: More Than 200 Classic Recipes
Memories of a Cuban Kitchen: More Than 200 Classic Recipes
by Mary Urrutia Randelman, Joan Schwartz
Paperback from Wiley
ISBN: 0028609980

Authentic Cuban recipes offer a mixture of Spanish, Indian, African, Chinese, and Portuguese cuisine, from appetizers like Green Plantain Chips, to such entrees as Roast Pork Creole, to tropical rum-based drinks and desserts.
Filled with reminiscences and evocative halftone photos of Randelman's childhood in pre-Castro Cuba, this book presents more than 200 traditional recipes for Cuban dishes, a cuisine that lusciously combines Spanish, Indian, African, Chinese, and Portuguese influences.
 
A Taste of Haiti (Hippocrene Cookbook Library)
A Taste of Haiti (Hippocrene Cookbook Library)
by Mirta Yurnet-Thomas, Jay H. Moskowitz
Hardcover from Hippocrene Books
ISBN: 0781809983

With African, French, Arabic and Amerindian influences, the food and culture of Haiti are fascinating subjects to explore. From the days of slavery to present times, traditional Haitian cuisine has relied upon staples like root vegetables, pork, fish, and flavour enhancers like Pikliz (picklese, or hot pepper vinegar) and Zepis (ground spices). This cookbook offers over 100 Haitian recipes, including traditional holiday foods and the author's favourite drinks and desserts. Information on Haiti's history, holidays and celebrations, necessary food staples, and cooking methods will guide the home chef on a culinary adventure to this beautiful island. Recipe titles are given in English, Creole, and French.
 
An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude
An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude
by Ann Vanderhoof
Paperback from Broadway
Media Published: 2005-02-08
ISBN: 0767914279

Under the Tuscan Sun meets the wide-open sea . . . An Embarrassment of Mangoes is a delicious chronicle of leaving the type-A lifestyle behind -- and discovering the seductive secrets of life in the Caribbean.
Who hasn't fantasized about chucking the job, saying goodbye to the rat race, and escaping to some exotic destination in search of sun, sand, and a different way of life? Canadians Ann Vanderhoof and her husband, Steve did just that.
In the mid 1990s, they were driven, forty-something professionals who were desperate for a break from their deadline-dominated, career-defined lives. So they quit their jobs, rented out their house, moved onto a 42-foot sailboat called Receta ("recipe," in Spanish), and set sail for the Caribbean on a two-year voyage of culinary and cultural discovery.
In lavish detail that will have you packing your swimsuit and dashing for the airport, Vanderhoof describes the sun-drenched landscapes, enchanting characters and mouthwatering tastes that season their new lifestyle. Come along for the ride and be seduced by Caribbean rhythms as she and Steve sip rum with their island neighbors, hike lush rain forests, pull their supper out of the sea, and adapt to life on "island time."
Exchanging business clothes for bare feet, they drop anchor in 16 countries -- 47 individual islands -- where they explore secluded beaches and shop lively local markets. Along the way, Ann records the delectable dishes they encounter -- from cracked conch in the Bahamas to curried lobster in Grenada, from Dominican papaya salsa to classic West Indian rum punch -- and incorporates these enticing recipes into the text so that readers can participate in the adventure.
Almost as good as making the journey itself, An Embarrassment of Mangoes is an intimate account that conjures all the irresistible beauty and bounty from the Bahamas to Trinidad -- and just may compel you to make a rash decision that will land you in paradise.
From the Hardcover edition.
 
Caribbean Vegan: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion
Caribbean Vegan: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion
by Taymer Mason
Paperback from The Experiment
Media Published: 2010-11-03
ISBN: 1615190252

Here is your passport to a world of distinctive, unforgettable food--125 delicious, authentic vegan recipes that showcase flavors and ingredients from across the Caribbean islands

If "Caribbean cuisine" makes you think of pineapples and coconuts, you're missing out. The Caribbean islands are home to a rich cooking tradition that combines African, French, Spanish, British, Asian, and Indian influences, adds an unmistakable local flair . . . and tastes like paradise. A real secret is in the herbs and spices--with the right uncooked sauce, cooked sauce, or "wet seasoning" blend, you can transform everyday ingredients into Caribbean delights.

Caribbean Vegan will spice up your vegan diet like no other cookbook. Popular blogger Taymer Mason serves up 125 completely vegan recipes--for breakfast dishes, appetizers, entrées, sides, soups, desserts, and drinks that are anything but bland. Sample the local flavors of Barbados, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Grenada, and the French West Indies with:

  • Saint Lucian Bakes
  • Eggplant and Seaweed Accras
  • Bajan Soup with Dumplings
  • Rummy Rum and Raisin Ice Cream . . . and much more!
Enticing color photos and Island Tips explain the key ingredients, equipment, and techniques of Caribbean cuisine--so whatever your previous familiarity with Caribbean food, you'll be cooking like an islander in no time.
 
Puerto Rican Cookery
Puerto Rican Cookery
by Carmen Aboy Valldejuli
Hardcover from Pelican Publishing
Media Published: 1983-03-31
ISBN: 0882894110

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."
 

 
 
 
 
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