Cuba! Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen 5 Stars

By Jody Eddy, Dan Goldberg, Andrea Kuhn
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Ten Speed Press 
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
ISBN-10: 1607749866
ISBN-13: 978-1607749868
Source: NetGalley / Ten Speed Press
Publishers Summary: 
Cuba continues to captivate visitors with its vibrant culture, colorful cities, and incredible cuisine.Cuba! explores the magic of this country through recipes and stories that will set taste buds on fire and delight even the most well-seasoned traveler.
What a fabulous read! Cuba! takes cookbooks to a higher level, giving as it does so much more than recipes.
I enjoyed learning a little of the history of Cuba and the effects of the strict rationing which gave rise to The Paladares, private restaurants. Once illegal because, by taking advantage of black market products, they provided relief from the rationing for those who could afford it.

I was surprised to read of the proliferation of organoponicos (organic urban gardens) which have been so successful in providing food for city dwellers, and are now copied worldwide. An interesting concept and well worth looking up.

Oh and the recipes, I appreciate how both the original recipes and the "gussied up" recipes are both given, there can't be a more staple meal than rice and beans, but with a few tasty additions who wouldn't appreciate a plateful of congri? There's a whole raft of wonderful recipes in this book to try, and I can't wait to get going on some of them.

The authors also include a few  anecdotes about the Cuban people themselves, allowing us a brief insight to their daily lives. The illustrations are gorgeous, my favourite being the Cuban Pantry.
I would like to express my appreciation to the authors for producing this outstanding book, so entertaining, so informative and so beautiful.
ARC provided by NetGalley and Ten Speed Press for an unbiased review

About the Authors (via Amazon)
Dan Goldberg is an award-winning commercial photographer specializing in food photography. His work has been recognized by the London International Advertising Awards and he’s been listed as Archive’s Best 200 Advertising Photographers. When not taking photographs, you can find him seeking out the best food and drink in town, fly-fishing, and traveling the world with his wife, Casey and daughter, Dylan.
Prop stylist and art director, Andrea Kuhn’s work has appeared in national magazines and ad campaigns, as well as numerous cookbooks, including The Girl in the Kitchen, the James Beard-nominated Spiaggia, Cookie Love and Fat Rice. When not on set, you can find Andrea perusing flea markets (near and far) looking for that perfect prop, enjoying a good cup of coffee, and hanging at the dog park with her doodle, Finley. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.  
Jody Eddy is a food writer and the author of Come In, We're Closed and the IACP Award-winning North: The New Nordic Cuisine of Iceland. She is also the former editor of Art Culinaire. A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan, Jody has cooked at Jean Georges, Tabla, and The Fat Duck. She lives in Chicago where she enjoys running, gardening, and planning tomorrow’s next culinary adventure.

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