Food Books & Cookbooks – The Cuban Edition

I spent the majority of 2015 studying Cuban cuisine: pre-Castro Cuban history, traditions, cuisine, and popular restaurants; changes in post-Castro Cuba; recipes lost in transition; life in exile; current state; and speculation on what’s in store for the future.  My main goal was to provide concrete examples tracking the evolution of Cuban cuisine from pre-Castro Cuba to life in exile in South Florida. There was a lot of information, however, there were holes and history books need to be bulletproof. I had to retire the project, but I did end up with a fantastic reading list.  I purposefully left out books by Nitza Villapol, as I will be writing another post specifically dedicated to her.

Versailles Restaurant Cookbook
The Versailles Restaurant Cookbook Cover / Excerpt from foreword by Andy Garcia: “All exile communities will find places of solace wherever they end up. Places that provide this most necessary emotional and spiritual space. Where one can gather with fellow exiles and share a profound love and nostalgia for the country they have left. For those of us in the Cuban exile community in Miami, Versailles is such a place.”

A Taste of Cuba

Beatriz Llamas – 2009

A Taste of Old Cuba: More Than 150 Recipes for Delicious, Authentic, and Traditional Dishes

Maria Josefa Lluria De O’Higgins – 1994

Authentic Cuban Cuisine

Martha Cortina – 2011

Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: The Biography of a Cause

Tom Gjelten – 2008

Cocina cubana: 350 recetas criollas

Raquel Rabade Roque – 2007

Cuba Cocina!: The Tantalizing World of Cuban Cooking- Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Joyce LaFray – 1994

Cuban Cocktails: 100 Classic and Modern Drinks

Ravi DeRossi, Jane Danger, and Alla Lapushchik – 2015

Cuban Home Cooking: Favorite Recipes from a Cuban Home Kitchen

Jane Cossio and Joyce LaFray – 1996

Eating Cuban: 120 Authentic Recipes from the Streets of Havana to American Shores

Beverly Cox and Martin Jacobs – 2006

Estefan Kitchen

Emilio Estefan – 2008

From Cuba with Love: Recipes and Memories

Ramona Abella – 2003

Havana Salsa: Stories and Recipes

Viviana Carballo – 2006

Havana Before Castro: When Cuba was a Tropical Playground

Peter Moruzzi – 2008

Memories of a Cuban Kitchen

Mary Urrutia Randelman and Joan Schwartz – 1996

Cocina Cubana
Did you know? Author Raquel Rabade Roque was also the owner of the now-shuttered Downtown Book Center. Established in 1965, the beloved store is a gone, but not forgotten establishment.

Nuevo Cubano Cooking

Sue Mullin – 2003

Nuevo Manual del Cocinero Cubano y Español

J.P. Legran – Reprint of 1850s book

Old Havana Cookbook: Cuban Recipes in Spanish and English

Rafael Marcos and Rosemary Fox – 1999

Sabor!: A Passion for Cuban Cuisine

Ana Quincoces Rodriguez – 2012

Tastes Like Cuba: An Exile’s Hunger for Home

Eduardo Machado and Michael Domitrovich – 2007

The Cuban Flavor: A Cookbook

Raquel Rabade Roque – 1979

The Cuban Kitchen: 500 Simple, Stylish, and Flavorful Recipes Celebrating the Caribbean’s Best Cuisine

Raquel Rabade Roque – 2011

The Cuban Table: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History

Ana Sofía Peláez – 2014

The Habana Café Cookbook

Josefa Gonzalez-Hastings – 2004

The Versailles Restaurant Cookbook

Ana Quincoces and Nicole Valls – 2014

Three Guys from Miami Celebrate Cuban: 100 Great Recipes for Cuban Entertaining

Glenn Lindgren, Raul Musibay, and Jorge Castillo – 2006

Three Guys from Miami Cook Cuban: 100 Great Recipes With a Touch of Miami Spice

Glenn Lindgren, Raul Musibay, and Jorge Castillo – 2014

Hungry for more? Here are some interesting articles I wrote about Cuban cuisine:

For an even deeper dive into Cuban culture and cuisine, I highly suggest multiple visits to the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami and the Cuban Archives at FIU. Is there something I missed? Let me know in the comments section below.

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