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Old Havana Cookbook: Cuban Recipes in Spanish and English (Bilingual Cookbooks) [Kindle Edition]

Rafael Marcos , Rosemary Fox
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Book Description

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.

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"A useful and very useable collection." --British Bulletin of Latin America, April 2001.

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Compiled by the Editors of Hippocrene Books

Product Details

  • File Size: 998 KB
  • Print Length: 123 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books; illustrated edition edition (December 1, 1999)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00275EE62
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AUTHENTICALLY CUBAN January 21, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
a friend who lived in cuba until her family left several years ago, recently stumbled on my edition of this charming little volume, pronounced it the most authentic of all my cuban cookbooks and asked to borrow it. although i hate lending books, she lives across the street and i felt there was very little risk. what did i know. after she'd had it for more than a month, i decided to get one for her as a christmas gift and retrieve mine. in the interim mine had been blessed with a few more grease spots. she had really used it!

as an additional piece of this book's charm, recipes are in spanish on one page and in english on the facing page (which helps me with my efforts to learn spanish). probably more people know about picadillo (a kind of ground-beef hash with raisins and olives) than about ajiaco, the national soup. but make this hearty dish once and you will have experienced a delicious piece of culinary cuba.

i have cooked my way though this book's 120+ pages and so far my guests and i have enjoyed everything. i don't much make desserts, but if someone made the apple pudding with bicardi rum for me, Old Havana Cookbook: Cuban Recipes in Spanish and English (Bilingual Cookbooks)i'd for sure eat it!

Oh, and if you're interested in a bit of bartending at home, there are also recipes for drinks, including the daiquiri, which originated in cuba.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Havana cookbook June 19, 2008
By Cathy
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I purchased this book because my family is from Havana, Cuba, and I felt I could get some good authentic recipes. I was very dissapointed. My grandmother who has shown me how to cook cuban food was even surprised at some of the ingredients in the recipes. The recipes are from foods we eat but the ingredients were way off. Sorry just my opinion
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good October 8, 2010
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I have used a couple of the recipes. I found them pretty easy to use. I also like that it in Spanish as well, which helps me practice.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Dog's Breakfast March 3, 2015
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I don't know about the print version, but the Kindle version of this book is an absolute dogs breakfast. Instructions will end abruptly only to be continued with the instructions in the opposite language (a recipe in english might seem to be missing something, keep looking you'll find the rest mixed in with the spanish version - in english, or vice versa).

I got my copy for free, but you certainly shouldn't pay $9.99 for this.

Having said that, some of the recipes themselves are interesting.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected... February 21, 2013
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I'm Cuban by birth, but have lived in this country for over 50 years. I enjoy cooking and often whip up some Cuban dishes for friends and family alike. I wanted to add this one to my collection because it sounded interesting. I don't know what I was expecting, but it is a very small book and just isn't what I was hoping it would be. It has a diverse amount of recipes, but for those not familiar with Cuban cuisine might prefer some of the more traditional recipes.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buena Comida! February 16, 2009
By DavidO1
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I got this book for my wife for Christmas. It's great, and has Spanish on one page and English on the opposite, so you can learn some words and phrases if you feel so inclined. There is a wide variety of recipes, and they're great. My wife loves to cook, and this has become one of her favorite cookbooks.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Old Havana Cookbook not so old March 11, 2011
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I purchased this book to learn about cuban cooking. I showed some of the recipes to a friend who is Cuban. She was surprised at how the Ropa Vieja dish was suggested to be cooked, she said that you typically have cumin in the dish and avoid the turnips, leeks, carrots. Did not feel authentic at all. Think that there are better cuban cookbooks out there.
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Its just OK, not worth the effort. I love Cuban food but was so uninteresting that I tried none of the recipes
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfies my cravings.
Great eats.
Published 6 months ago by Gene Mikijanic
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this is the book if you ever had the pleasure of Cuban food
Published 7 months ago by Kenrick Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good recipes translated in both languages which was a plus.
Published 7 months ago by Ilia Rosado
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not great
I purchased this book for my bf's mother for Christmas......their family is from Cuba.....a Book has been written and available here at Amazon...The boy who said no... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Colleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Diversity of tastes
Will love experimenting with the new, to me, tastes and diversities of another nationality cooking. I love cooking and really enjoy eating and trying new things
Published 17 months ago by Janeen
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific book
love the fact that is bilingual, the recipesd are terrific and easy to follow and for anyone who truly loves Cuban cuisine,l thei is the book to buy!
Published 20 months ago by tennischamp
3.0 out of 5 stars Cookbook on Kindle
It's okay, but I have difficulty using a cookbook from my Kindle. I would not purchase another one in this way.
Published 23 months ago by LovesToRead
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice quick book for Cuban food
My husband is Cuban so I buy many books like this. Love the Spanish and English language mix. I wish there were pictures to see the delicious food
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, well written
This is a well written, with easy to follow recipes. Many of which aren't commonly found in the other Cuban cook books that I've read.
Published on March 11, 2013 by Barry P. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Havana Cookbook: Cuban Recipes in Spanish and English (Bilingual...
Real recipes from Cuba, I have tried them and they are good. If you have not eaten Cuban food before try this book of recipies. I am sure you well love them!!
Published on November 12, 2012 by cindy
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