The Essential Cuban Cookbook: 50 Classic Recipes (Paperback)
Create authentic Cuban flavors right at home
Cuban cuisine is as dynamic and alluring as the island itself. Transport your taste buds to Havana with classic recipes that show you how to capture the incredible flavors of beloved Cuban dishes without leaving the comfort of your kitchen.
What sets this Cuban cookbook apart:
- A taste of history—Learn about the fascinating evolution of Cuban cuisine; the influence of Spanish, African, and Caribbean cultures; and the enduring culinary traditions.
- 50 authentic recipes—Whip up a range of traditional Cuban dishes such as aromatic Arroz con Pollo a la Chorrera (Yellow Rice with Chicken), Ropa Vieja (Braised Shredded Beef), and Lechon Asado (Pork Roast), just like abuela used to make.
- Tips and techniques—Get expert insight into everything from the art of frying the perfect tostones to the essential street food you must try on a visit to Cuba.
Celebrate the flavors, foods, and traditions of Cuba with this essential cookbook.
About the Author
PATRICIA MORRELL-RUIZ is a chef, cooking instructor, food stylist, and recipe developer. The founder of The Mad Table, she loves to inspire people to become passionate about cooking. Her work has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Radio Caracol, Thrillist, Telemundo, Univision, and WDNA radio among other outlets.
"Patty Ruiz has captured the essence of Cuban cuisine in this beautifully photographed and easy to follow book. Enjoy exploring these flavors on this delightful culinary history." —Linda Gassenheimer, radio host of Food News and View, Tribune Wire Service syndicated columnist, James Beard award-winning cookbook author
"Patty Ruiz brings the bounty of Cuba to our tables with recipes that celebrate the vibrant ingredients and fresh flavor that have shaped her life. Cooking from this gem of a book is like having a superb teacher next to you in your kitchen. The stunning photos, helpful cooking tips, and concise ingredient explanations make this a favorite that you will turn to again and again." —Carole Kotkin, Miami Herald food columnist, author, cooking school manager
"Patty has managed to make Cuban food approachable! Beautiful cookbook, featuring great images, Cuban history, and personal insights‚—it is simply delicioso!" —Ingrid Hoffmann, author, host of Food Network's Simply Delicioso and Top Chef Estrellas
"I have cooked with Patty Ruiz and so I know just how good her food is. I am thrilled she's come out with a whole Cuban cookbook, and I can't wait to throw my first comelata! Mojitos, Lechon Asado, and Tostones are definitely on the menu." —Sara Moulton, host of Sara's Weeknight Meals
"The Essential Cuban Cookbook by Patricia Morrell-Ruiz had me admiring the photos and table of contents and thinking… Oh if I had this book in my hands when I first started falling in love with the flavors of Cuban cooking how much faster I would have learned! Patricia is a wonderful friend who you will feel like having a Café con Leche and a Tostada with from the very first pages." —Norman Van Aken, James Beard Award-winning chef, author, and restaurateur
"Patty Ruiz's passion for food and Cuban cuisine is captured in this book. She has an effortless talent for creating memorable flavors in beautiful settings. I crave her food! What an amazing tribute to our Cuban Culture!" —Roger Borges, Correspondent Univision, Primer Impacto