Great Food Reads: The Cuban Table #CookbookAffair #Giveaway


Cookbook Affair Giveaway Series

It’s time for a giveaway!  I am joining dear friends from the culinary blogosphere to celebrate February and Valentine’s Day with the #CookbookAffair giveaway’s series.  Fourteen days, fourteen cookbooks, fourteen great blogs to get to know better!  We have picked some great books to gift lucky readers, and some of the ladies have added extra swag you should check out.  Today we’re into our fourth day of prizes.

The lineup so far?

And here we are today, potentially giving YOU one of my favorite cookbooks of 2014, The Cuban Table.

The Cuban Table by Ana Sofia Pelaez and Ellen Silverman

There’s a line in a poem by Puerto Rican poetess Lola Rodríguez de Tió that states: Cuba y Puerto Rico son de un pajaro las dos alas.  “Cuba and Puerto Rico are wings of the same bird”.  Our islands have shared Taíno, Spaniard and African heritage and histories that have run somewhat parallel up until the second half of the last century.  We cherish these cultural similarities, and celebrate what makes each island unique.

Ana Sofía Pelaez, who blogs at Hungry Sofía, wrote The Cuban Table.  The Cuban Table is a beautiful compilation of recipes from the island and from the equally vibrant exiled communities of Miami, New York and beyond.  The dishes shared in this cookbook have transcended generations as well as borders.  Cuban cuisine is filled with pragmatism (every step has a purpose), a touch of whimsy, and extremely balanced flavors.  Photographer Ellen Silverman captures the warmth of the meals and the people that proudly prepare and serve them.  Her interest in photographing Cuban kitchens dates back to 2010.  Images from those trips prior to the publishing of The Cuban Table have been exhibited in New York.

The Cuban Table

Image Courtesy of MacMillan Publishers. All rights reserved.

The book is divided into the following chapters:

  • View from the Bakery Window
  • Sitting Around the Lunch Counter (sandwiches and batidos)
  • Soups and Stews
  • Beans, Rice, and Eggs
  • Chicken, Beef and Pork
  • Fish and Seafood
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Sweets and Desserts
  • Cocktails

Some of the delicious recipes I will definitely try out include:

  • Croquetas de jamón (Ham Croquettes) – Ana Sofía shares a nifty trick for making the béchamel for the base of these croquettes.  Instead of making a roux, the flour is combined with the milk in the blender before cooking.  Every recipe from the View from the Bakery Window chapter will transport you to your favorite Cuban or Spanish bakery in San Juan or Miami.
  • Potaje de Frijoles Negros (Black Bean Pottage) – This dish is a definite multitasker.  On its own, it’s the classic Cuban black bean soup.  With reserved water from cooking the beans and a couple of cups of uncooked rice mixed in, it turns into moros y cristianos, the savory rice dish served on the side.  Fun tidbit: while the word congrí is used to describe most dishes of rice and beans cooked together in Cuba, true congrí from the Eastern side of the island is made with red beans.  The word congri – and the dish itself – is from African/Haitian decent: kongo means beans and ri stands for rice. (Happy word nerd here!)
  • Harina con Cangrejo (Cornmeal Stew with Crab) – A Cuban cousin to US South shrimp and grits? Sí, porfa!   I am especially fond of these dishes that show the common threads in Caribbean cuisines from the islands and the Gulf.
The Cuban Table

Potaje de Garbanzos Image courtesy of MacMillan Publishers. All rights reserved.

Want to win a copy of this gorgeous book?  Enter here through the Rafflecopter widget!  The more you participate, the more chances you have of receiving a copy of The Cuban Table.

** Giveaway is open to residents of Puerto Rico, the United States, Canada, and the rest of the Americas.  Participants may enter from February 4th through February 20th through the Rafflecopter widget.  The winner will be selected at random and announced on Wednesday, February 26th. 

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Want more chances to win another great cookbook?  Make sure to stop by Liv Life tomorrow.  Kim will be giving away a copy of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.  I’m a big fan of Viva Vegan! and Veganomicon, also by Terry Hope Romero and Isa Chandra Moskowitz.  Kim will also be announcing the next participant in the Cookbook Affair giveaway series.

I have purchased the copies of The Cuban Table for the review and giveaway.  All opinions are my own.

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Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

39 Responses to “Great Food Reads: The Cuban Table #CookbookAffair #Giveaway”

  1. February 4, 2015 at 8:35 am #

    Great post Adriana! And a lovely cookbook!

  2. February 4, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    What a great giveaway! I’d love to win this cookbook.

  3. February 4, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    I know it’s probably pretty expected, but I love a good Cuban Sandwich. I crave them on a regular basis. This book could introduce me to so much more than that, it sounds fantastic!

  4. Jacky
    February 4, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    I love a Cubano sandwich but am very curious about more authentic recipes!

  5. February 4, 2015 at 4:15 pm #

    Great choice in your cookbook! I’m not very familiar with the cuisine so thank you for giving Ms. Pelaez and her book more exposure!

  6. February 4, 2015 at 4:16 pm #

    Who doesn’t love a Cuban Sandwich!

  7. February 4, 2015 at 5:15 pm #

    This is such a beautiful cookbook. We’ve been interested in exploring more cuisines at home, and Cuban food has been at the top of the list!

  8. Samantha
    February 4, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

    My favorite are empanada’s….so yummy.

  9. February 5, 2015 at 12:21 am #

    Theres so much that looks great!! If I dont win, I’m totally going to enter to win this one! Thanks for joining in this crazy Valentines Day giveaway, Adriana!

  10. February 5, 2015 at 1:42 am #

    There’s a Cuban restaurant nearby that is okay, but was absolutely amazing when it opened. The original chef left to work in the film industry, unfortunately. Anyway, they had the best brunch back then. I’d like to explore more of those dishes and also take my Cuban cooking competence beyond patatas bravas

  11. February 5, 2015 at 2:10 am #

    This book sounds great!

  12. Heather
    February 5, 2015 at 4:27 pm #

    Sadly, I don’t think I have ever had Cuban food! I need to try it sometime!

  13. February 5, 2015 at 6:51 pm #

    What a gorgeous cookbook, Adriana!!! And the three dishes you’ve highlighted sound terrific!

  14. Vera Khule
    February 5, 2015 at 8:15 pm #

    I don’t now anything about Cuban food! Would like to learn….

  15. February 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

    Would love to know more about Cuban sandwiches. Also, plantain recipes!

  16. Kelly Minyard
    February 7, 2015 at 12:21 am #

    The Potaje de Garbanzos pictured looks amazing!

  17. Alison H.
    February 7, 2015 at 10:51 am #

    I love a good Cuban sandwich, but would love to learn how to make Picadillo and Empanadas!

  18. Itzia
    February 8, 2015 at 11:40 am #

    I’d love to try making this harina con cangrejo

  19. Holly E
    February 9, 2015 at 7:45 am #

    I would love to learn how to make a good Cuban sandwich.

  20. Stephanie
    February 9, 2015 at 9:37 am #

    I’ve never tried any Cuban foods, and I feel like I’ve been missing out.

  21. Sharyl Wolter
    February 9, 2015 at 2:08 pm #

    I love emanates and am always searching for a different recipe.

  22. Carolsue
    February 10, 2015 at 3:37 am #

    I don’t know of any cuban restaurants around here, but upon looking at the recipes, many of the dishes (i.e., pulled pork and Arroz con pollo) are very similar to the Mexican dishes which I love and make all the time. I would like to try some dishes that are definhitely Cuban-inspired, however.

  23. bn100
    February 10, 2015 at 5:48 pm #

    Cuban sandwich

  24. February 12, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    well I sure love cuban sandwiches – yum!

  25. Mary M.
    February 12, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

    I have never tried any Cuban food. I do not know if I would like it or not.

  26. February 13, 2015 at 5:15 pm #

    This cookbook looks wonderful! I love Cuban food and would really enjoy learning how to make it – I’ve pinned, tweeted, and shared on FB!

  27. Tina W
    February 14, 2015 at 2:58 am #

    The one time I went to a Cuban restaurant we had an appetizer of some stuffed potato balls. They were so yummy but I have no idea what they were called.

  28. Lauren G.
    February 14, 2015 at 3:07 am #

    The only Cuban food I’ve had is Cuban pulled beef…which was delicious. Would love to try some more foods and make them myself.

  29. February 14, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

    I am very curious. Besides the obligatory black beans and Cuban sandwich, I am a neophyte! 🙂

  30. Sav
    February 15, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

    I love to mix pulled beef with avocados and sweet potatoes! It tastes amazing!

  31. nicolthepickle
    February 19, 2015 at 9:18 am #

    I don’t have any favourite recipes yet, but that Ham Croquette recipe sounds wonderful.

  32. February 19, 2015 at 8:26 pm #

    I absolutely love Cuban food. And love Cuba, too.

  33. February 19, 2015 at 8:28 pm #

    Favorite dishes- I would have to say both the Roasted Pork and Chicken in Garlic Sauce, but then one has to have the Black Beans with them, right?

  34. Alona Y
    February 28, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    This looks great, my husband and I have talked recently about learning some Cuban recipes.

  35. August 3, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

    It sounds like an awesome cookbook! I’m sure whoever won this prize is loving it.


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