These days, Cuba is on everybody’s mind and itinerary, now that travel restrictions have been loosened, allowing Americans to travel to the island nation more easily.
For those of us who haven’t yet jetted there, we can at least take our palates there, thanks to “Cuba!: Recipes and Stories From the Cuban Kitchen” (Ten Speed Press), a new cookbook by photographer Dan Goldberg, art director Andrea Kuhn, and food writer Jody Eddy.
The timely cookbook offers an inside look at the everyday food and culture of this mesmerizing country. Included are 75 recipes for classic Cuban dishes such as “Crispy Pork with Mango Salsa,” “Fresh Corn Tamales with Poblano Sauce,” and “Cuban Coffee Flan.”
Because Cuba has been isolated for so long, food shortages have been a regular occurrence. In particular, chicken, beef, and pork are still considered luxuries. Beef is especially scarce because all cows are considered state property.