From the leading photographer of Cuba, A Taste of Cuba is a stunning culinary journey through Cuba that presents 75 authentic Cuban recipes from the world’s most inventive chefs.
In a country shrouded in secrecy and often devoid of basic necessities, a mouthwatering, but little-known food scene is emerging. A Taste of Cuba introduces the creative and resourceful chefs responsible for it and presents easy-to-follow instructions for their best appetizers, main courses, desserts, and drinks, so you can recreate the savory cuisine in your own home.
To make A Taste of Cuba, veteran Cuba photographer Cynthia Carris Alonso and her Cuban husband, José Luis Alonso, took to the streets of Cuba, traveling to its capital, Havana, and around the country, and stopping in the country’s twenty best restaurants and paladares—private, family owned establishments—along the way. The couple was given unprecedented access into the kitchens of Cuba’s top chefs, to learn how the chefs adapt their dishes based on the changing ingredients available on the market and to collect and share for the very first time, the recipes for their most delectable and unforgettable creations.
Back in New York City, the Alonsos and chef Valerie Feigen translated the recipes, and here, at last, are the steps to create authentic Cuban cuisine, including staples, such as ropa vieja, frijoles negros, and maduros—stewed beef, black beans, and sweet plantains—as well as more elaborate dishes, such as a lobster enchilada, eggplant caviar, fish tacos, and ham croquettes. We also learn to prepare foods such as La Cocina de Lilliam’s life-changing bread and bruschetta; sweets such as dreamy alfajores con dulce de leche; the best of Cuba’s coffees, mojitos, and juices; and the Ernest Hemingway guarapo—a sugarcane juice—of legend.