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A Taste of Old Cuba - M J L De O'Higgins

Hardcover Published: 17th September 1994
ISBN: 9780060169640
Number Of Pages: 304

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An evocative feast for all the senses, A Taste of Old Cuba combines a Cuban expatriate's charming and vivid memories of a childhood on the idyllic island before Castro's revolution with more than 150 recipes for delicious, authentic, and traditional Cuban dishes.

The text in this debut memoir/cookbook is nothing short of charming and recalls Zarela Martinez's Food From My Heart. O'Higgins paints her pre-Castro Cuban childhood in idyllic colors and calls a lost world to life. Family photographs add to the sweet, personal feel. However, while the essays and notes benefit from intimate detail, the recipes do not: Many feel like a-pinch-of-this-a-pinch-of-that attempts to nail down techniques that are second nature to the author. For example, directions for fried plantains instruct, "Fry the plantain slices until they are almost black but not burned" without giving any idea of how much time that will take - a problem for novice plantain cookers. Variety apparently has never been the spice of life in Cuba: Many of these are more or less similar recipes for the same dish. There are three different black-bean recipes and four for cooking rice, and that's only in the chapter on rice and beans. Another section gives 14 rice entrees, most with similar seasonings. O'Higgins warns that Cuban desserts are achingly sweet (because sugar production was the backbone of the Cuban economy, consuming it came to be considered a patriotic act), and she is not kidding. A light eight-by-eight-inch sponge cake is drowned in a cup of port and more than two cups of a supersweet lime-cinnamon syrup. Good reading, bad eating. (Kirkus Reviews)

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Glossaryp. xvii
Saladitos (Appetizers)p. 1
Sopas Guisos (Soups, Stews, and Pottages)p. 9
Pescados y Mariscos (Seafood)p. 35
Carne de Res (Beef)p. 61
Puerco (Pork)p. 81
Pollo y Otras Aves (Chicken and Other Fowl)p. 99
Arroces (Rice Entrees)p. 121
Arroz y Frijoles (Rice and Beans)p. 143
Huevos (Eggs)p. 161
Frituras (Fritters)p. 173
Vegetales y Viandas (Vegetables)p. 181
Ensaladas (Salads)p. 205
Postres (Desserts)p. 221
Salsas (Sauces)p. 249
Bebidas (Beverages)p. 257
Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9780060169640
ISBN-10: 0060169648
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 17th September 1994
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 19.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.74