As you know, I am an unabashed Lover of All Things Cuban. Particularly Cuban food.
And if there's something I might just love more than Cuban food, it's Cuban Cookbooks.
I have quite a nice collection, too. I often refer to all of them when I'm making a dish my own. I use them almost like text books, laying them all out on the table and making notes, like:
- I would skip this ingredient.
- Must try this!!!
- I would add _______ here before cooking.
- I think the sofrito would be better with red peppers added.
- This might be tastier with lard instead of butter. (It doesn't happen, often, but it happens.)
And on it goes, until I practice and play and eventually create a Cuban dish that tastes just like I want it to.
I recently received a beautiful Cuban cookbook so that I could review it.
It's called Authentic Cuban Cuisine and the author, Martha Abreau Cortina grew up watching her mother cook. The recipes featured in her book were collected from her mother, aunts, and friends. A graduate of the University of Miami, she has been teaching in the Miami-Dade County Public School system for more than twenty-five years. She lives in Miramar, Florida
I dove into it as you would dive into a cool swimming pool on a hot summer's day. I read it cover to cover and when I went to add my notations, they were mostly “Must try this!!!” notes. Win!
The recipes are all old-Cuban-school delicious. Every single one makes you think, “This sounds just like the ___________ (*fill in the blank*) my grandmother/mom/aunt/neighbor/madrina used to make.”
I'm so happy to have this book in my collection and of course, I'm excited to share it with you, too.
So, let's do a giveaway!
For a chance to win this gorgeous Cuban cookbook, Authentic Cuban Cuisine by Martha Abreau Cortina, please leave a comment on this post and answer the following:
My grandmother/mom/aunt/neighbor/madrina makes the best ______________. *fill in the blank
I'll choose a winner on Sunday, July 10th at 5 pm. Until then, good luck and…
[Disclaimer: The cookbook was sent to me for my review, the opinion that it is a wonderful addition to any cookbook collection is my own.] =D