Last year I had the good fortune to participate in the Cuban Cultural Center of New York's (Centro Cultural Cubano de Nueva York) 12th Annual Congress. You can read about that right here.
It was there that I met another one of the chefs involved in the event. Ana Sofia Peláez is the author of the very delicious food blog, hungry sofia. We shared a kitchen and chatted a bit as we made our own creations. That day she made Cucuruchos de Coco y Almendras for all of us (which were to die for!) and told the stories of how she had been traveling on a Cuban Food Adventure with the amazing food/travel photographer Ellen Silverman.
Together, Ana Sofia and Ellen went to Cuba and Miami (of course) and New York where they visited both Cuban home cooks and accomplished chefs who eagerly shared their stories and recipes and secrets to their own versions of favorite Cuban dishes.
The culmination of all this traveling and eating and story-telling is the gorgeous cookbook: The Cuban Table – A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History by Ana Sofia Peláez and Ellen Silverman.
I received a few copies of this beauty earlier last week and have been delectably enjoying each story and every recipe. Rich with Cuban history and full of evocative photos of all the food that I desperately love, I have been slowly and carefully turning each page and taking notes and drinking it all in.
Part text book, part history book, part story book – believe me when I tell you that this is the quintessential must-have Cuban cookbook.
The photography and stories are so gorgeous and compelling that I'm conflicted about whether to keep it on my coffee table or to take it into my kitchen. Right now it's still sitting on my coffee table where I pick it up and commence reading where I left off yesterday. It's a beautiful thing.
I was delighted that she even included the recipe for make-your-own pastelitos de guayaba. Like my own recipe, but a thousand times more detailed and beautiful. Well-played, Ana Sofia.
I have an extra copy of this fabulous cookbook, The Cuban Table to give away.
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- Who is the best cook in your family?
- What's your very favorite Cuban dish in the whole-wide-world?
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Remember that if you want to enter the drawing for this cookbook, you must leave a comment on this post and I'll choose ONE winner on Thursday, October 30th at 8 pm PST.
Gracias and Buen Provecho!
Berta Perez says
Rebecca Hughes says
I am not too bashful to admit that I am the best cook in my family. I am not afraid to try any recipes. And, my very favorite dish in the whole wide world has to be, hands down: Ropa Vieja con arroz blanco y frijoles negros con cebolla picada y aceite, tostones y yuca herbida. God, I’m soooo hungry just thinking about it. Well, off I go into the kitchen to make it. Thanks and I hope I win! 🙂 Rebecca
Sara Goicoechea Cash says
Vaca Frita! Would love,love to win this awesome book!!
Teresita pettis says
Quieting Cocinar a lo Cubano!
I am the cook in the family and I have had a passion for cooking since i was 5 yrs old, i cook for work and try to spread my love of cooking their too and then get home and cook more !!! I love Cuban food so much and Beef Piccadillo was this seasons most popular dish = ur recipe of course!!!thank u marta
Gissia Nunez says
So many choices, so little time! I absolutely love Bistec de Puerco!This book would mean the world to me =)
Wow, that’s a gorgeous book. My husband s by far the best cook in our family…and my favorite Cuban dish is lechon asado with some nice yuca.
Melissa Gonzalez says
Mi abuelaArroz con pollo
Ileana Rodriguez Allan says
In my little family, me. In my entire family? My Mom, with Dad being a close second.My most favorite Cuban food in the world? Tamales, tamales and more tamales!
Nancy Garcia says
No doubt my mother continues to be the BEST cook in the family. A title I wish to inherit one day. That being said, I also want to pass on the Cuban culture to the next generation. My siblings have mixed various cultures into our Cuban roots by the way of marriage and so now I have nieces and nephews who share Italian, Croatian, and German traditions and foods. I want to be the one that keeps the Cuban love of food forever a part of their lives. And this book will certainly help me on that quest. And they will have no choice but to learn to make my favorite Cuban dish, lechon asado! And honor their Cuban heritage as such EVERY Christmas Eve as we presently do.
shhh, don’t tell my mom, but my mother in law was the best cook and I learned how to cook from her. My favorite go-to dish is bistec empanizado. Would love love to have this book. It wouldn’t be used only in the kitchen. I would display it in my livingroom here in North Carolina – gotta show these people what amazing food we have.
Frances S Gomez says
I love to cook anything my family enjoys. My specialty is boliche like my Abuelita Amparo would make with a side of my father Joaquin’s arroz pilaf. I do know many good Cuban cooks but I’m the best giving it Cuban love too!I would love to add this Cuban recipe book to my collection of cook books.
Jamile Toledo says
My beautiful mother was the best cook.
Mariana Harrington says
Abuela cook awesome my favorite dishArros con Pollo
Hands down. Abuelo aka Chino, my Dad, is Ana amazing cook. Every time he visits me in CT my friends start seducing me for dinner invites. His arroz con pollo is legendary, but my favorite dish of his is picadillo. In fact, he is visiting for my birthday and we just ate that for dinner with rice and red beans with calabaza and chorizo. I love the stories behind Cuban dishes. Que ricoooooooo lol
Carmen Sotolongo Kelley says
I am the best cook in my family. I had the best teachers my Abuela and my mom. Their moms taught them. ESA es la tradicion. My best dish and most favorite at my home is enchilada de langosta, camarones y melas de cangrejo. Mm mm con pan Cubano on the side to make sure all the salsita is eaten up. Que Rico.
Martha Coleman says
My 93 yr old mother, Hilda Maria Vazquez, who although she doesn’t cook much any more, still makes one dish that as my late uncle would say “¡Levanta muertos!” Raises the dead, Potaje de Garbanzos. This is comfort food and one of my favorites.
Beatriz Navia says
Without a doubt my Mother is and always will be the best cook in our family! Her love of cooking inspired her children to follow in her culinary footsteps…the tradition lives on!
Ana Pineiro-Przytula says
There’s nothing like Cuban sabor! Simply said!
My grandmother was the best cook in our family. Although for Cuban food, nobody beats by godfather who always makes a wonderful Cuban meal when we visit him in Miami. He has to many favorites to mention! Love your blog!
Andrea Suarez says
I need this book because Cubans are awesome and their food is amazing!!!
Dinorah Shoben says
Ropa Vieja is my favorite dish.
Tony Chino says
My husband. He cooks wonderful. Are favorite dish is: Carne Asada.
Ivis Suarez says
Before Alzeimer’s, my Abuela was hands down the best cook in my family. And my all time favorite dish(meal) was her sopa de pollo with fideos, pollo frito with a garlicky mojo full of onions, and her unbelievably crunchy no-one-else-knows-how-to-make tostones, white rice, and cabbage/tomato salad. Yes, all of this was always served together. And it was the meal we always asked for to please greet us when we came back from a trip to somewhere devoid of cuban food. I haven’t had this meal in many years and still mourn it.
Ana Shasha says
The best Cuban food cooks in my family is actually a duo: Papi and Mami. Although their cooking methods differed (he would stand with cookbook on hand insisting on precise measurement while my mom would hold two garlic cloves side by side, one much larger than the other – and ask which one qualified as precise). The result was always superb – their arroz con pollo legendary. No one beats my mom’s Crème de Vie – she will generously gift bottles during the holidays but never the recipe.
Debbie Macias says
Omg I would love to have this book !!! Yummylicious !!!
Carina Edgington says
I am seriously missing my cubanitos in Miami!
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Mi abuela espannola de San Sebastian, emigro a Cuba en 1917 donde conocio a mi abuelo catalan,que mexcla tengo,mi plato favorito como buen guajiro que soy son los bunnuelos de yucca y boniato en almibar de limon,trozo de canela y anis estrellado,cuando muera quiero esa receta en el marmol de mi tumba.
Vivian Beechinor says
Mi Mama is the BEST cook in our family. When we came from Cuba via Spain in the early 1070’s, my mom and dad were lucky enough to have friends who helped the finance a business. They became restaurateurs and opened a Cuban-Chinese restaurant in Union City, NJ called El Aguila de Oro. Mi Papa died a year later and it was up to my mom to keep the restaurant open. She cooked wonderful higado a la italiana, carne con papas, ajiaco, flan, frijoles negros, arroz frito…de todo. We stayed in business for about 16 years and she did all the cooking. I learned a lot from her, but I will never be as good as her…she cooks con amor!
I’m the best Cuban cook in my family as I was taught by the best my mom and good friend Jorge.My ultimate favorite Cuban dish is Ropa Vieja. I hope I win as I would love to try new recipes now that my mom and good friend Jorge are gone. RIP.
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My FatherArroz con Pollo a la Chorera
Liz Newhouse says
Abuela was the best!! We miss her so much. She made my all time favorite, ever, ajiaco!
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Marta, my dear, cuban grandmother was the best cook in my family. She could whip up any of the numerous cuban dishes in her repertoire without as much as glancing at a recipe. And sadly, to this day, her standard is what I measure good cuban food against….too often disappointed when I order food at local cuban restaurants. My grandmother passed away in Cuba, taking with her all the wonderful recipes, but not the wonderful memories of my cuban childhood. My favorite dish is the “tocinillo del cielo” that she would make for me to cheer me up whenever I had a bad day. To this day, it is my favorite dessert and every time I have it, sweet memories of her come rushing back to me. Thank you for the opportunity to win the cookbook and thank you for all you do to keep a little bit of Cuba alive in our hearts. An admiring fan from Louisiana.
Maria Dalmau says
My mother was the best cook in my family. All her dishes were terrific. I only wish she would have shared her recipes.
Cristina Perez says
I guess I am not being humble when I say that I am the best cook in my family. I have gotten many a compliment from friends and family. And my favorite dish is Vaca Frita.
Catherine Welch says
My abuela was the best Cuban cook in my family. Even though she was actually my bisabuela, we still called her abuela. Unfortunately, she passed in 1988, but her memory still lives on in my cooking. I loved her steak with onions, fresh avocado with lime and salt and tomatoes with red wine vinegar, olive oil and salt. I incorporated her dishes with my own and have never gotten a complaint about my food.
Lili Romero says
The best cook in our family is my 80-year old young Mami: Daria San Miguel. She delights our family and friends with great Cuban dishes and spoils our two boys by making their favorite Cuban food, freezing it and sending it to them in Tallahassee and Atlanta. My favorite Cuban food of all times is Mami’s with papitas. Que Rico!
Maria Alonso says
Please I would love to have this book! My grandma and mom passed and there are so many cuban dishes I would have loved to have a recipe for! I have a seven year old daughter I would live to teach! So she can carry on with the cuban cooking and traditions! Gracias for all you too! You ate the best cuban blogger!!! Thanks for keeping the tradition going!!!❤️
Cari Betdut says
My grandmother made the best Cuban food and my mom is good too. I love her enchilada de camaron with tostones. Unfortunately, I did not inherit the gene.
Mi abuelita querida! I miss her so much and her fricase de pollo was out of this world!
Seriously, I need this book in my life!
Ody Fabregas says
My mother in law is the best Cuban food cook I’ve ever met. From her Fricase de Pollo, Arroz con Pollo, or Frituritas de Malanga, they are delicious and exactly the perfect Cuban comfort food. :-)I have to say that her Arroz con Pollo is my favorite Cuban food of all time!! She makes it a la chorrera!! YUM!!!
Ada Melendez says
Oh, how I would so enjoy The Cuban Table cookbook to show-off some of those escisitas recetas! Let me begin by saying my Grandmother was absolutely the best cook in the family and my wonderful dear Mother is the 2nd best, she makes the awesomeist congri. Nobody in the family has beat her yet. I can say for beans, oven roasted Cuban meats and flan I come in 3rd, Heehee! One of my favorite (and there are too many too mention, Martha) Cuban foods is tasajo con boniato,congri and aguacate, which is what I plan on having for my birthday this coming weekend. Thanks for your wonderful blog, Martha, and the opportunity to keep in touch with our Cuban roots! Love ya y besitos, eh?!
Marta, my mom was the best Cubana cook ever, until she developed Alzheimer type dementia! Everything I cook I learned from her! On good days still helps me make “soffito”. Best dish ever? “Tamales en casuela”!
My querida Suegra is the best cook in the family, and my most favorite dish, in the whole wide world, that she makes is Arroz Frito Chino estilo Cubano. OMG Heaven, in a bowl.
The best cook in my family is of course my mom. And arroz con pollo, Maduros y ensalada de aguacate is my favorite with bistec empanizado, frijoles negros y arroz blanco being a very very close second.
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I love Cuban food!! I love books and I love this one! Beautiful book!
Mari Z says
I am (sadly everyone has passed); my favorite Cuban dish is arroz con pollo a la chorrera along with any of the plantains -maduros o a puñetazos a/k/a tostones-
My mom is the best cook. Her frijoles negros are legendary, especially the ones she makes for Thanskgiving and Noche Buena. My most favorite dish is what I have my Mom make me every year for my Birthday: masitas de puerco frita with white rice and black beans!
Karene Raymer says
Mi Abuela Tata – she makes the best Sopa de falda 🙂 yummy
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Ana Simard says
My 98 year old mom is the best. She makes the best black beans rice and picadillo ever! I’m doing my best to learn!
Dulce Maria Medina says
The best cook in my family is my Godmother (Ana Vazquez) & my favorite Cuban dish in the wide world is Ropa Vieja!
ivette Fasco says
The best cook in my family would be my husband. He has the imagination to create great dishes. My favorite dish is Arroz con Pollo A la Chorrera. Yum!
Elena Ruiz says
The best cook in my family was my mother, she used to make the best rabo. In the world. I haven’t had that dish in over 20 years. However my son is right behind her, he is natural cook.
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Hi! I am the cook in my very large family and my absolute favorite Cuban dish is Pulpeta w/Moros as the side dish and crunchy tostones of course!
Carmela C says
Hands down my grandmother was the best cook in our family. My favorite Cuban dish is arroz con pollo. I also love tostones.
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Mima mi suegra is the best cook in the family…favorite Cuban dish is Tamal en Casuela.
In out house, I’d have to say my Cuban husband is the best cook. My favourite dish is ropa vieja with congris and platano maduros
Awesome book! my favorite Cuban food is arroz con picadillo y maduros! and the best cook in the world was my mother! they are in heaven and she is cooking some mean tasajo y boniatos frito!
lazara Arriola says
My mother was the best Cuban food cook in the whole world. She became americanized and decided to cook without salt, plus steam vegetables, broiled chicken or fish. Good bye Cuban food. Sad sad sad. 🙂 Now my mission: To cook the best congri, with yuca con mojito, bistec con cebollita & platanitos maduros. That’s my favorite dish! 🙂
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My favorite food in the whole wide world is Vaca Frita! I have always looked forward to making and serving this dish, with lots of lemon, hmmmm. When my son was little, he called it “stick meat” and would ask me when we could have it again and again.
Nina Rodriguez says
My mom, my favorite cook. Now I cook for her.
Cristina R says
Mi Abuela, Herada from Oriente. I am torn between Guava and Cheese pastel or Bistec Empanizado. I LOVE your recipes and I am ALWAYS looking for new Cuban cookbook!
Marissa Cipriano says
“Amarillo con Puerco”., yuca frita y un tocino de cielo – eso es lo mejor del mundo! Espero tener este libro en mi cocina pronto!
Marta KH says
My grandmother, Guadalupe was the best cook I have ever known. Her food was the best of Cuban cooking she learned from her mother and family on her father’s finca in Pinar del Rio.My favorite has to be her frijoles negros, arroz blanco y picadillo con maduros. Simple joy.
My momPlatanitos fritos
Vicki Richardson says
Arroz con pollo! Actually i love it all.
My mother was the best cook in my family and she made an amazing fricase de pollo.
odalys quintana says
Oh I would love this. I have tried to always watch my mom and make all those yummy dishes.
Linda Hernandez says
My Dad is the best cook in the family and dis Picadillo is amazing! Any wonder why it’s my favorite dish?
In my family, it was both of my Abuelas and my great-aunt, Mamasita who were the best cooks. They all cooked wonderful, delicious, comfort food. Some of my favorites Caldo Gallego, Picadillo, Arroz con Pollo, Yuca, Platano Maduro y Verdes! Flan and Natilla, Arroz con leche. I would love this cookbook, I aspire to keep my Cuban traditions alive for my family and would love some of the traditional, as well as new inspirations to those old favorites. I sure miss my Abuelas and my Mamasita.
My mami is the best cook in the family, and she taught me everything I know about cooking. My most favorite dish is ropa vieja which she of course taught me how to make. Every time I make it, I think of how much she loved us whenever she cooked.
Marta Menendez Crawford says
Best cook–My Tata (my nanny) who passed away the day after my 14th wedding anniversary. She was the very best.My favorite–Arroz con pollo which I am still trying to perfect until it tastes as close to Tata’s as possible. Croquetas come in a close second and it is my 3 grown children’s favorite Cuban food (If only it didn’t take so long to make them!) Even my yellow Lab loves them. Once I had spent about an hour rolling them and placing them on the cookie sheet to refrigerate when someone came to the door. When I got back in the kitchen, I found him licking his lips and looking guilty. He had scooped up about a dozen off the pan on the counter before I could get back in the kitchen.
Maria C says
Me encanta la vaca frita, el lechón asado, la palomilla, tostones….My sister is the best cook, but I am a close second, and I love Cuban food more than her!
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My mom, better known as nana to her grandchildren is famous among family and friends for her three secret Cuban recipes. Boliche, flan, and empanadas are her trademark dishes. All my kids American friends beg that she make these for our family gatherings. When my parents fled Cuba in 1969 they arrived here in Houston and they were employed at a newly opened Cuban restaurant. Here is how she perfected these recipes. When people ask her for her recipe she says “that’s a family secret” ha! Her empanadas de carne are sweet and delicious!
Alida Chan says
Bistec empanizado con arroz blanco y frijoles negros y maduros!!!
Yamile Fernandez says
So many to choose from…I would say carne asada con congri y tostones. The love of my life is the best cook. He spends hours in the kitchen by choice. He’s learning to cook Cuban dishes so this book would be perfect for him.
Angela Maria says
I am a german Women and in the U.S. since 1987, the best cook in my Family was my Grandmother,and my favorite Cuban Food is Cuban Chickensoup,its the Best in the World
Oh my goodness, this book looks wonderful! Overall, my abuela and tia are the best cooks in the family–they make even the simplest dishes amazing. But my dad makes some killer picadillo–my favorite!
Lola Wiarco Dweck says
My Tìa Teresa is the best cook in my family. She holds the key to all of my grandmother and great grandmother’s recipes!My favorite Cuban dish – trozos de cerdo frito, arroz con frijoles negros y una ensaladita de aguacate!
Isel Sanchez-Whiteley says
My mamí, of course.
BARBARA WEBER says
Bacalao con frijoles colorados..un arrozito blanco con Yuca con mojo !!Mi mama y la Cocina eran una! Me dejo todas sus recetas!
Ivette Cruz Munoz says
I am the best cook in my family. I learned how to cook Cuban food from watching my mom. We spent so much time in the kitchen. Every dish was accompanied by a story, which is mainly how I learned about our beautiful island and the family that stayed behind. Now my mom has Alzheimers and I’ve become the keeper of the recipes and stories. I love to cook for my family. My Cuban dishes have become their comfort foods and an intricate part of my children’s childhood memories. I’d love to win the book to add to my repertoire!
Marlene Gomez says
My mom is the best cook & my favorite dish is Fricase de pollo con arroz blanco yummy
Catherine Haury says
The best cook in my family was my grandpa. His love of cooking was passed down to my sister & I.My favorite Cuban dish is Ropa Vieja…or Carne con Papas…or maybe Lechon Asado…Pasteles…why do I have to choose??? I just love eating it!
LIsa Falagan Rubio says
The best cook in my family is my mom. She shares her recipes with me, but for some reason when I make them they are never quite right. When she cooks she’s got an uncanny way of redecorating the kitchen with a little sauce here and a little rice there (all the while using every single utensil and pot available), but no matter; her croquetas and her lechon are unparalleled. Those are just a couple of my favorite Cuban foods. A few more? A media noche, a good ol’ bistec empanizado con maduros, pastelitos. Que va. Too many to name them all…: )
Haylee Shalaby says
Best cook in my family: my mother-in-law. Her cooking always has such depth of flavor! Simple, delicious mediteranian food that is always wonderful. My favorite Cuban food: guava pastries with cream cheese. Hands down.
The best Cocinera EVER is my Mom! Like my Dad says at every meal time, “esto está muy rico…CLARO….. como TODO lo que tu haces!” And he should know after 51 years of marriage!Because she cooks everything so unbelievably delicious, it is very difficult to have a favorite food. But if I had to chose, I would say Salpicon. And I also really like harina with eggs, harina con aguacate (aka: rubia con ojos verdes), harina con picadillo, harina con leche, and as a desert, atól!!! Oh, and she also makes a delicious carne de puerco en salsa which is, as my Tia Estrella says, “pa’ la vida!!!!”
I’m the best cook in our family, my favorite Cuban Food is Arroz con Pollo con ensalada y tostones. I have very high standards and it may sound snobby but few are as good as mine, which I learned to make from my mother. As an adult I learned to appreciate and love good Cuban Food. It is the best.
Thinking that the best cook in the family is me nowadays. My mom is the original master, but lately I have developed and taken my passion for cooking to a whole new level. Just like a previous poster, if I see a recipe that appeals to me, I will attempt it.I was lucky to combine my Puerto Rican cooking experience with my husband’s Cuban roots. I by far, love, love love my mother in laws flan.
Aymee Valdes says
En mi familia nadie sabe cocinar por eso es que necesito este libro.Arroz Blanco, frijoles negros, platanitos maduros, bisteck con cebollitas y dulce de leche de postre. Gracias Marta
MERCY COPE says
Best cook ? Hands down it was my mom—there was nothing this woman could not make & make well :)Unfortunately, her alzheimers has robbed her of this & so many of her other gifts. I did not inherit her gift but her recipes live on through my oldest brother, my sister-in-laws, & my hubby.
Favorite Cuban food–that’s a tough one. Ropa vieja is always a good one 🙂
Mercedes Zamora says
Hi Marta! I proudly say that I am the best cook- my grandmother who I learned alit from passed away and I have made it a point to continue learning and making as many different Cuban dishes as possible and I’m pretty good at it! 🙂 I LAN on passing recipes on to both my son and daughter for them to treasure as much as I do! My favorite all time Cuban dish has to be ropa vieja! Loved the way my grandmother made it and now I make yummy as well! My kids devour it!! Love ur blog!
Rebeca Montalvan Toth says
I am the best cook in my family– learned the art of Cuban cooking from mi abuelita que en paz descanse. Pernil is my best and fav dish! Everyone loves it on Noche buena, but I like to make it all the time — hard to find the pig leg though in San Diego.
My mom is the best cook but unfortunately at 90 years old she doesn’t cook for us anymore. I hope one day I will be as good as she was. My favorite dish to make is Flan.( My mom’s recipe of course)
Jack Tanksley says
I am a Miami gringo living in North Georgia. My favorite cookbook is Norman Van Aken’s “Feast of Sunlight “. This weekend I have persuaded my friends to let my cook a whole pig Cuban style for their annual party. Lots of garlic and sour oranges in my mojo. We will also have yucca and boniato chips, black beans and rice, plantains and many other Cuban favorites along with some salsa music.I went to my first Cuban pig cookout 55 years ago at the home of Carlos B. Fernandez, the first Cuban/American judge in Miami. His daughter is now the state attorney. I have loved Cuban food ever since.
Vincent Araujo says
When it comes to Cuban food, I am the best cook in our home, but everything else, it would have to be my wife. After all, I was born in Cuban and learned from the best, my mom. I married a beautiful Irish girl. My favorite dish is pollo asado.
My husband is “El Cocinero Cubanaso” in our house and his carne con papas are delicious!!!!
Carmen Lemus Coleman says
Good morning from Orlando. I would love to win this awesome cookbook to give it to my abuela on noche buena. She will be 82 on Dec 9th of this year and is the best cook ever. She loves to collect cookbooks, especially from her home land.
Hi Marta, my grandma will always be the best in my eyes and heart. My put puts love into everything she makes maybe that’s why it’s so good and why I learned from her. Now I’m the one who cooks all the time and I’m pretty good now. My husband says I cook better now than when he met me, fifteen years ago. And the other is a trick question,Marta cause everything is so good, you can’t just choose one thing!
Eva Castaneda says
My mom was the best cook in the family.
Carie Hernandez says
My dad, Pepe, was the best cook in this world and I can imagine he is also the best cook in heaven:) One of my favorite dishes is ropa vieja! Ay que rico chica!
Me, myself, and I! Fricase de Pollo, arroz blanco y platanos maduros. Thank you!
My Abuelita Leonor was the best Cuban cook. She wrote down all her Cuban recipes from her mother’s kitchen in a black marble notebook. Since she passed in 1998, I have made endless Cuban meals for our family, including my favorite Carne Asada. My Chinese dad’s favorite used to be Camarones con Arroz Amarillo and my mom’s Boliche. Good times, full bellies.
Lourdes S. says
My Abuelita Leonor was the best Cuban cook. She wrote down all her Cuban recipes from her mother’s kitchen in a black marble notebook. Since she passed in 1998, I have made endless Cuban meals for our family, including my favorite Carne Asada. My Chinese dad’s favorite used to be Camarones con Arroz Amarillo and my mom’s Boliche. Good times, full bellies. I was just reviewing the book on Amazon and the recipes look fabulous.
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I love ❤️ Cuban food. Being first generation Cuban/American , I grew up on the smells and tastes of a Cuban kitchen. Can’t imagine a week to go by without Cuban food ! I’m the oldest of 4 siblings and I am the official Cuban cook for the holidays. My specialties , Cuban black beans and white rice, and frituras de maiz !
Hi Martha, I have to say my Venezuelan husband is the better chef. However, he only cooks on occasional Sundays. Since I’m the house cook during the week, I deserve full credit! I’m not too bad of a cook, at least my kids have never complained and I do try to cook their favorite meals. My favorite cuban dish has to be congri, platanitos maduros y filete de pescado empanizado! Que rico!! Y dulce de leche cortado de postre. Wow! Se me hace la boca agua! Laura
Rebecca Haidar says
I make the best black beans; however, I’d have to admit that my husband is the best cook in the family. My favorite cuban dish is Vaca Frita with lots of onions!
Eliana Garza says
It was my mom. We all miss the scent that came out of her kitchen… Bistec encebollado!!
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Elaine M. SyfertLa que major cocina Cuban food en mi casa soy yo, pero solo se cocinar para muchos pues mi familia es muy grande. Mi plato favorite es arroz con pollo a la chorrera con maduritos y ensalada de aguacate y unos pastelitos de guayaba de postre que los hago de tu receta.
Emely Edwards says
The best cook in my family was my Papi lindo, may he rest in piece. My father was a passionate Cuban with a love for family and what brings it together….food.
Kelly Benedit says
First of all I am so excited to have found this page on FB! Mi Esposo Felipe is an amazing cook and by far the best in our casa! I am ” Lucy” & he is “Ricky” – we embrace the Cuban culture and love all it has to offer! My favorite Cuban meal is Yeya’s fricasee de pollo!!! Of course there is always frijoles negros too! Yummy! Boy I sure could use that awesome cookbook to impress my husband! He would faint if I told him I won a Cuban cookbook! Xoxo
My mother-in-law was the best cook in the family until a few years ago when she just couldn’t do it anymore. God bless her she is 93 years old and loved to cook. Arroz con pollo has to be my all time favorite Cuban dish.
lily de armas says
My mother was the best cook ever. I say ever because she doedoesn’t cook anymore because of a physical medical issue but she still remembers all those yummy plates she made. My mom made everything and anythingShe wanted. She used to say
That cooking was her escape and i believe her. One of my favorites tasajo con boniato as well her arroz con pollo a la chorera. I could name numerous meals but she was the best.
Camilo Martinez says
Abuelita of course!For me, I like the simple things in life, un buen bistec (don’t forget the onions) con arroz y frijoles.
My grandma and my mom are the best cooks in our family. I try my best but it never comes out the way they make it.
Sra. Isabel Sellman says
La mejor cocinera en mi casa era mi Tia Pilar Barreira! Mis platos favoritos eran cualquiera que ella presentaba en nuestra mesa, a la hora de almuerzo o de comida ! Desde puré de malanga, garbanzos fritos, ropa vieja, bistec empanizado,negros con cristianos, y mucho más, y para terminar, un precioso y delicioso flan, o arroz con leche, o dulce de fruta bomba, y mucho más dulces y el perfecto café cubano( cortadito) que tantas memorias! Y me enseño a cocinar a la edad de 11 años, comenzando con arroz blanco! Lo demás es linda historia para mi,vi espero dejarle a mis tres hijas!
My sister, who just turned 79 and who is 15 years older than I am, is definitely the best cook in my family. Everything I know about Cuban cuisine I learned from her! And my ideal, most favorite Cuban dish is a good Vaca Frita, arroz blanco y maduros bien maduritos. Manjar de Dios!!
My mom is the best cook! Although at 88 she doesn’t cook very often, but she taught her 3 daughters to cook Cuban foods. And her (American) daughter-in-law makes a great flan. So hard to pick a favorite…but I’m going to say–Arroz con Pollo. Yum!
marlene valdes says
My favorite Cuban dish is ropa vieja con arroz y frioles negros y platano maduro Frito con Una ensalada de aguacate! Que Rico!!
Eduardo Machado says
I like several Cuban dishes, but the one that stands out for me, but do not eat it as often as I’d like – QUIMBOMBO, con masas de puerco y bolas de platanos.Additionally, the best cook in my family is my wife.
Daisy Rock says
I consider myself I very good cook. My black beansAre very very good.
My Abuela Nelia and Tia Elena were the best when it came to Cuban cooking.Sopa de Platano with good tostones or mariquitas!
Carmen Zaldivar-Gonzalez says
I would LOVE to win this book! My abuela’s famous Arroz con Pollo is by far my favorite Cuban dish. I have been asking her for year’s to teach me how to make it but sadly she is getting older and too tired to cook anymore. This book would give me the opportunity to learn how to make her some yummy Cuban dishes for a change. 🙂
Diana Alfonso says
I must admit I am the best cook in the family but that credit goes to my husband family who insisted I learn the Cuban way of cooking and all its perfection and my Abuelo homemade recipe for Mojo, my signature dish anything with (pernil)
carmen bango says
My mother was the best cook in my family,even though she didn’t think she was. She made the best black beans with a hint of sugar and pimientos morrones! She also made the best Pastelon de Pollo which she made from scratch with a heavenly chicken fricasse!
Angela Garcia says
The best cuban cook in my family is (of course) my mother-in-law and suegra, aka Mamasan to her Nietos and all their friends. My own mother (miss you Mami) taught me the secrets of Dominican cooking (sancocho, habichuelas, and chicharrones de pollo to name a few). My suegra introduced me to her secret to a good sofrito: pimentos morrones! But my favorite dish continues to be Vaca Frita (especially the crockpot recipe in MBFCF cookbook!). Besos!!!!
My favorite dish is my papi’s garbanzo bean soup….mmmmm!
My mom is hands down the best cook and her picadillo and fricase de pollo rock! I die for some crema de malanga and some capuchinos de postre. Que rico! My abuela Milagros used to make una carne fria riquisima and I wish we had that recipe. Viva CUBA!!!!
Sandy Valdes says
I am the best cook. I love black beans and rice
Ann Marie Robinson says
Dear Marta,The best cook in our family was my Abuela Nena, (Alejandrina Pena). I remember one of my favorite dishes was a mixture of black beans and rice. I believe she called it Moro, but she would add small pieces of crisp bacon, or chicharones. She would serve the Moro alongside Vaca Frita and Platanos Maduros. Lots of flavors! Sometimes, instead of the Vaca Frita, she would make Ropa Vieja with the Moro. But there was something about the way she made the Moro that I still remember to this day. No matter what she served it with, the Moro is a dish that will always be one of my favorites.