From the leading photographer of Cuba, A Taste of Cuba is a stunning culinary and visual journey through Cuba that presents 75 authentic, never-before-shared recipes from the world’s most inventive chefs.
In a country shrouded in secrecy, a mouthwatering, but little-known food scene is emerging. A Taste of Cuba offers unprecedented access into the kitchens of Cuba’s top chefs, where the country’s most delectable dishes are created and where the chefs will share for the very first time, their brilliant techniques, inspiration, and best recipes. You’ll also be given the rare opportunity to walk the streets of Cuba, to experience its vibrant, colorful culture and see its lush landscapes up close.
In this one-of-a-kind volume, renowned Cuba photographer Cynthia Carris Alonso and her Cuban husband, José Luis Alonso, take you with them on their ride through Havana and around the country, as they stop in Cuba’s twenty top restaurants and paladares—private, family owned establishments—along the way. Inside you’ll see how Cuban chefs are world-class resourceful and inventive, adapting their dishes based on the changing ingredients available on the market. Seventy-five original recipes supplied by Cuba’s top chefs, tested and translated for an American kitchen by chef Valerie Feigen, will allow you to make the chefs’ best appetizers, main courses, desserts, and drinks in your home.
A Taste of Cuba offers recipes for Cuban staples, such as ropa vieja, frijoles negros, and maduros—stewed beef, black beans, and sweet plantains—as well as for more elaborate dishes, such as eggplant caviar, fish tacos, and ham croquettes. It also shares the recipe for La Cocina de Lilliam’s life-changing bread, sweets such as dreamy alfajores con dulce de leche, Cuba’s famous coffees, mojitos, and juices, and Ernest Hemingway’s papa doble daiquiri of legend.