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The Cuban Table: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History Hardcover – October 28, 2014
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“This book has a place in every kitchen.” ―The Miami Herald
“… [A] heartfelt tribute to Cuban Cuisine…Cooks will want to add this immersive and inspirational book to their collection.” ―Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
“A seat at this table will be a welcome one for those who grew up eating and preparing Cuban food as well as those who are curious and ready to learn about it.” ―Booklist
“Food writer Peláez's (hungrysofia.com) and photographer Silverman's passion for Cuban cooking leaps off the page...bursting with exotic and enticing words and tastes.” ―Library Journal, STARRED review
“...Ana Sofía Peláez melds food and family, Cuba and Miami, the past and the present...In this gem of a book, all Cubans--from here and there--sit at the same table. And what a table it is!...” ―Mirta Ojito, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of Finding Mañana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus
“The goddess of fortune was smiling on Cuba when Ellen Silverman and Ana Sofia Pelaez hit its shores. Few capture the essence of a place, a people and their food as have these two. Visually true and beautiful, written with deep understanding and lusty appetite, this is one of those books you read, you cook with and come back to again and again. It's a keeper.” ―Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift, host and producer of American Public Media's The Splendid Table, and authors of The Splendid Table's How to Eat Weekends
“Ana Sofia Pelaez's evocative writing and easy-to-follow recipes coupled with Ellen Silverman's gorgeous photography is a recipe for a timeless book. In The Cuban Table, they bring us wonderful Cuban recipes and the stories behind them. I can't wait to get into the kitchen with The Cuban Table!” ―Julia Turshen, food writer and coauthor of It's All Good
“With its superb photographs and enticing recipes, this is sure to become THE book on Cuban cooking and an entree IN to an extraordinary culture.” ―Sally Schneider, award-winning author of A New Way to Cook and The Improvisational Cook, and founder of improvisedlife.com
“The glow of family memories radiates from the recipes, stories, and food photographs of The Cuban Table as they show us Cuban and Cuban-Americans' strong connections to tradition. And I love Ellen Silverman's photographs of present-day Cuba, so full of life and confidence.” ―Naomi Duguid, writer and photographer, and author of Burma: Rivers of Flavor
“My copy of The Cuban Table is sure to be covered in the loving spills of so many meals: mornings spent savoring a classic cafe con leche, leisurely lunches that begin with the crunch of hot-fried mariquitas, and easy dinners with friends who can't get enough of the classic pork and beans (feel free to sub your favorite dinner recipe from the book here!). The original family recipes and accompanying gorgeous images will tempt you to try every dish--and you should!” ―Daphne Oz, author of Relish and cohost of The Chew
About the Author
ANA SOFIA PELAEZ grew up in a famous Cuban family as the great-niece of the revered avant-garde painter Amelia Peláez del Casal. Raised in Miami and transplanted to New York, Ana Sofia launched her food blog, Hungry Sofia, in 2008 in an effort to discover the rich smells, heady flavors, and baroque rituals of Latin food. Since then, she has been featured by The New York Times, InStyle magazine, The Huffington Post, Food 52, Apartment Therapy's the Kitchn, iVillage, and NBC Latino. She's appeared on the Cooking Channel's "Stay Hungry" campaign and Aarón Loves NY with Chef Aarón Sanchez. Most recently, Hungry Sofia was nominated by Saveur magazine as one of the Best Regional Cuisine blogs of 2012.
ELLEN SILVERMAN has photographed many bestselling cookbooks including Gwyneth Paltrow's My Father's Daughter, Daphne Oz's Relish, Karen DeMasco's The Craft of Baking, Chef Kurt Gutenbrunner's Neue Cuisine, Tracy Zabar's One Sweet Cookie, The Epicurious Cookbook, and the upcoming Jamaican cookbook by the Rousseau sisters, Bellyfull. An exhibition of her photographs of Cuban kitchens was shown at New York gallery Umbrella Arts, and was featured on NPR's The Picture Show, on Gourmet Live, The Splendid Table, and in Saveur magazine.
Top Customer Reviews
Now, with my credentials in place, I have to say that, in my entire collection there isn't another book like this one. It is far and away, the BEST I've ever seen in every way that matters:
--the recipes are genuine.
--they are well-explained and easy to follow.
--there is fascinating anecdotal information about them and their history.
--traditional, current Cuban, and Cuban-American dishes are included.
--It is almost encyclopedic in its scope.
--they are presented and grouped logically.
--the photography is beautiful.
--the book is well-indexed and cross-referenced (not always a given in Latin cookbooks!)
--the book (paper weight, quality, cover, layout, design, etc.) is first class.
I have to congratulate the author for, not just her efficiency, but also for her sensitivity and her obvious love for her subject. I want to thank her not just on my own behalf but on behalf of my children's generation and other generations to come in both shores. And I have to congratulate myself on having had the sense to buy it the minute I saw it. I imagine that, someday, it will get a place of honor among my cookbooks but, for the time being, I'm just enjoying going on a culinary voyage of memory, imagination and taste.
There are some specialty ingredients common to this cuisine which may need to be sought out from sources outside of a normal grocery store like frozen plantain leaves, plantains, orange blossom water, guava paste, etc., but there are plenty of recipes that use standard pantry staples. I fully intend to buy the items I just mentioned but in testing a few recipes I stuck with recipes that could be made with things already on-hand.
Starting with the Foundation recipes in the back of the book I prepared the Pan De Media Noche bread. It is a rich egg based bread and absolutely delicious. The instructions are clear and even a beginner should have success. I then used the bread for the Sandwich Elena Ruz. The ingredients are strawberry preserves, cream cheese and sliced turkey. The top and bottom are brushed with melted butter and the sandwich heated in either a Panini press or a cast iron skillet. Yes, it is ridiculously rich but half a sandwich goes a long way, and I could easily see it working as a hot appetizer with the sandwiches cut into small triangles.
Finally, I prepared the Panquecitos from the pastry section of the book. Essentially these little cakes are similar to pound cake with one recipe for twelve cakes requiring two sticks of butter and four eggs. They are cooked in a muffin tin and freeze very well. Again, like the sandwich, these are not low fat foods, but everything in moderation - half a cake with a cup of tea or coffee is a special treat.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for my son on his birthday! Excellent book that arrived as promised!Published 6 days ago by lucywithsticks
I am Cuban born and loved to cook. This is a pretty good book but, my mom's and grandmother's cooking are my guidelines. Godd for someone who wants to learn Cuban cooking.Published 9 days ago by Maria Dayley
I have fallen in love with some of the Cuban foods. Soooo either continue to buy them or learn to cook them. I love to cook so I chose the latter.Published 18 days ago by ynotnickel
Great cook book. beautifully made and wonderful traditional recipes. Just like my moms cooking growing up.Published 1 month ago by Latisa L.
I love this book!
The Caldo Gallego (Galician Stew) is a fantastic, comfort food kind of dinner. The Potage de Frijoles Negros (black bean pottage) is flavorful. Read more
I really like this cookbook. I enjoy Cuban cuisine and this is a great book with great recipes.Published 3 months ago by Edith C Hunter