Cuban Flavor (Hardcover)

Exploring the Island's Unique Places, People, and Cuisine

By Liza Gershman, Mari Aixala (Foreword by)

Skyhorse Publishing, 9781510710122, 240pp.

Publication Date: February 6, 2018



For Cubans, food is a complex story--a tapestry of love and loss woven so deeply into their culture that it goes well beyond that of history or sustenance. Gershman, who's love affair with Cuba began long before her first visit, takes you along on this journey through the streets of Cuba through her stunning photographs of the country's glorious sights, the lively people, and, of course, the amazing variety of food.

Much more than a cookbook, Cuban Flavor is an introduction to a revolutionary era of Cuban cuisine: a new frontier. Growth and transition foster the seed of invention and innovation, and these shifts often begin with food. Visiting Cuba is as rich an experience as one can have while traveling throughout the world. From the succulent spiced meat of the national Ropa Viejo, simmered in a tomato-based criollo sauce, to the sweet and sticky Arroz Con Leche or the local favorite, Flan served in a soda can, Cuban cuisine has something for every palate. Pair these delights with a warm, sultry night, an old convertible, and a jazz band, and sit back as you fall deeply in love again . . . or for the very first time.

This visually stunning volume features more than fifty Cuban recipes, from appetizers to main courses and drinks to desserts. Along with color photographs of the dishes, you'll also get to meet the people who create them. This remarkable, oversized volume offers a taste of the little-known culture to a public that has long been deprived of its intoxicating flavors.

About the Author

Liza Gershman is an award-winning food, lifestyle, and travel photographer, photo editor, and photography instructor. Her photographs have been featured in a range of beautiful cookbooks, including Skyhorse's The Good Cooks' Book series. She is the author of Drink Vermont and Passage to China. Mari Aixala is a creative writer and executive producer of Cuban descent. She has spent the last two decades focused on Cuba and women's untold stories via AniMari Films. She serves as a board member on the Bacardi Family Foundation as a sixth-generation heir, and she is a sponsor or TEDxHavana. She is presently working on her TV debut series, CUBA LIBRE.