The Cuban Table - 'A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History' by Ana Sofia Pelaez and Ellen Silverman (St. Martin's Press)
I was immediately drawn to 'The Cuban Table' not just because of it's amazing, flavorful recipes and beautiful photography... but also because earlier this year as we were planning an intensional spin-off of Real Food Real Kitchens, we sent photographer Jammi York over to Cuba to shoot a pilot. The images, stories, people, families and recipes he returned with captured an essence of Cuba that we will never forget. We have very much the same feeling of awe and inspiration when reading 'The Cuban Table'.
The book beautifully and colorfully captures life in Cuba. It clearly communicates how food is such an ingrained part of Cuban's culture through its colors, textures, delicious recipes and memorable stories. Each recipe comes complete with some kind of back story or tip to create the delicious dishes with as little effort as possible. It's the amount of love, culture, and history that goes in to these recipes that make them so special.
The book visually explores 'Paladeras', small private, family run restaurants often found in people's homes. It explores everything from bakery items like pastelitos, empanaditas, and Cafe Cubanos to classic lunch counter Cuban sandwiches to a varietal of beans & rice, meat and seafood dishes. Don't forget the sweet desserts and crafted cocktails as well.
Weighing in heavy with a whopping 323 plus pages... 'The Cuban Table' Includes everything you need to learn about Cuban cuisine including foundation recipes, staple items needed in a Cuban pantry, and a complete glossary of terms. With stunning color photographs and over 110 recipes this book is worth every penny.
From Cuba, to Miami, to New York... 'The Cuban Table' is a heartfelt tribute to food, family, and culture. You can find the book at your local bookstore or order it HERE.
Check out author Ana Sofia Pelaez's website Hungry Sofia for more recipes.