Cuba The Cookbook by Madelaine Vazquez Galvez and Imogene Tondre

Influenced by Spanish, Caribbean and many other cultures, Cuban cuisine is a melting pot of flavors. It has often been characterized as peasant food due to the rationing system and widespread poverty. These obstacles, however, haven't stopped the people of this beautiful island from creating delicious food to feed their families. 

Over the last few years, there has been an increased interest in all things Cuban. Recently, during a brief window, it was not such an arduous task to travel to this once forbidden locale. Photographs that depict an island lost in time with vintage cars, a 50's vibe and colorful landscape ignited our passion to explore. Over the last few years, there has also been an increase in the number of incredible cookbooks on Cuban cuisine.

The latest, Cuba: The Cookbook by Madelaine Vazquez Galvez and Imogene Tondre, shares 350 recipes for home cooks that reflect Cuba's multi-layered culinary history. The book is organized by course, provides the origins of the recipes and explains Cuban ingredients and what to use to substitute those ingredients you may not be able to procure.

Beautifully photographed with shots of the shorelines, the multi-colored buildings that line narrow streets and simple, approachable dishes, make this one of my favorite Phaidon titles. For a look inside please check out our   that features these recipes in our :

Please remember Eat Your Book members receive 30% off Phaidon titles when using the link provided. Special thanks to the publisher for supplying the materials for our preview as well as providing two copies of this title in our contest below.

The publisher is offering two copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, CA, UK, and AU.  One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post. Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on August 17th, 2018.


  • size_27  on  6/29/2018 at 12:20 AM

    Salt cod fritters / Frituras de bacalao

  • jdub1371  on  6/29/2018 at 12:26 AM

    Ground beef & Capers

  • LSanders  on  6/29/2018 at 5:17 AM

    Ropa viejo

  • Kristjudy  on  6/29/2018 at 5:57 AM

    Salt cod fritters

  • vickster  on  6/29/2018 at 6:21 AM

    Fish in Red Sauce

  • Asparagusberry  on  6/29/2018 at 6:35 AM

    Salt cod fritters for sure!

  • cora429  on  6/29/2018 at 7:45 AM

    Ropa vieja! It's a classic.

  • sgump  on  6/29/2018 at 8:18 AM

    Wow--what a collection! I'm intrigued by the Cuban eggplant.

  • sarahawker  on  6/29/2018 at 8:24 AM

    Savory corn fritters

  • desdemona246  on  6/29/2018 at 8:40 AM

    Cuban Eggplant. I entered the wrong ID and can't go back and change it on the entry.

  • jigglesfrog  on  6/29/2018 at 11:40 AM

    Corn arepas (Arepas de maíz)

  • janv  on  6/29/2018 at 12:23 PM

    Fish in red sauce

  • debgonewest  on  6/29/2018 at 1:10 PM

    Salt cod fritters

  • ktwalla  on  6/29/2018 at 1:26 PM

    Port of Prince Cocktail

  • matag  on  6/29/2018 at 1:46 PM

    Cuban fried rice

  • amyz218  on  6/29/2018 at 5:51 PM

    Goat in Red Sauce

  • eatysmith  on  6/29/2018 at 9:05 PM

    "Which recipe in the index would you like to try first?" Fresh fruit cocktail (Cóctel de frutas naturales)!

  • MiMi60  on  6/29/2018 at 9:20 PM

    Spiced fish (Pescado sobre uso) (page 168)

  • parnassus  on  6/29/2018 at 9:24 PM

    pollo relleno con tamal

  • Kimmaicutler  on  6/29/2018 at 10:47 PM

    Ropa vieja!

  • heyjude  on  6/30/2018 at 2:00 AM

    Lobster Cocktail

  • Magicmelissa  on  6/30/2018 at 3:19 AM

    Chicken cocktail

  • fluffysammy  on  6/30/2018 at 4:24 AM

    Stuffed fried Plaintain sounds so yummy

  • Zosia  on  6/30/2018 at 6:41 AM

    Pineapple chicken thighs

  • LaurenE  on  6/30/2018 at 7:21 AM

    Ropa viejo

  • jifar  on  6/30/2018 at 3:45 PM

    The stuffed arepas

  • antpantsii  on  6/30/2018 at 4:10 PM

    Shredded Pork

  • mpdeb98  on  6/30/2018 at 7:12 PM

    Queen-style chicken supreme

  • NikNik23  on  6/30/2018 at 10:36 PM

    I want to try Chicken cocktail.

  • sunset34  on  7/1/2018 at 6:36 AM

    Cuban fried rice

  • lapsapchung  on  7/1/2018 at 7:35 AM

    Onion soup (Sopa de cebolla) - I love variations of onion soup (and tomato soup) from all over the world and am always keen to try a new one

  • Dannausc  on  7/1/2018 at 9:28 AM

    Pumpkin fritters

  • Senkimekia  on  7/1/2018 at 11:54 AM

    Ropa vieja

  • riley  on  7/1/2018 at 6:12 PM

    Huevos Escalfados

  • Siegal  on  7/1/2018 at 6:39 PM

    I want to make taro root fritters

  • blazin  on  7/1/2018 at 6:40 PM

    Taro root and sesame fritters (Frituras de malanga y ajonjolí)

  • lselke  on  7/1/2018 at 7:50 PM

    Platanos rellenos. I love plantain and this sounds like an appealing variation.

  • tcjanes  on  7/1/2018 at 9:48 PM

    Havana-style chicken stew.

  • EmilyR  on  7/1/2018 at 11:35 PM

    Stuffed arepas (Arepas rellenas)

  • linby  on  7/2/2018 at 6:23 AM

    Cuban fried rice

  • dbielick  on  7/2/2018 at 7:19 AM

    Cuban paella

  • kmn4  on  7/2/2018 at 12:45 PM

    Salt cod fritters (Frituras de bacalao)

  • koolMoD  on  7/2/2018 at 1:23 PM

    Seafood tamale (Tamal a la marinera)!!!

  • Scotsman61  on  7/2/2018 at 9:37 PM

    Savory corn fritters

  • ravensfan  on  7/3/2018 at 7:12 AM

    Shrimp cocktail (Cóctel de camarones)

  • SallyCristina  on  7/4/2018 at 7:09 PM

    Fish and parsley croquettes (Croquetas de pescado al perejil)

  • SallyCristina  on  7/4/2018 at 7:11 PM

    Rice and pork (Arroz con cerdo)

  • SallyCristina  on  7/4/2018 at 7:13 PM

    Crab empanadas (Empanadas de cangrejo) [Luis Pous]

  • SallyCristina  on  7/4/2018 at 7:18 PM

    Rice with chicken and vegetables (Arroz con pollo y vegetales)

  • SallyCristina  on  7/4/2018 at 7:23 PM

    Havana-style chicken stew (Pollo guisado a la Habanera) (page 190)

  • SallyCristina  on  7/4/2018 at 7:24 PM

    Cuban paella (Paella a la Cubana) (page 130)

  • SallyCristina  on  7/4/2018 at 7:28 PM

    Galician soup (Sopa Gallego) (page 82)

  • ladybrooke  on  7/4/2018 at 9:11 PM

    I'd make the Egg and vegetable scramble (Pisto a la Cubana) first.

  • Nkrieda78  on  7/5/2018 at 7:21 AM

    I would make the Stuffed Arepas first!

  • poppym  on  7/5/2018 at 1:53 PM

    Ropa Vieja! Definitely the first.

  • jmay42066  on  7/6/2018 at 11:22 AM

    Rice and pork (Arroz con cerdo)

  • debbiehb  on  7/8/2018 at 10:03 AM

    Green split pea soup (Potaje de chícharos)

  • mcconnell106  on  7/8/2018 at 5:13 PM

    ropa vieja

  • monasli  on  7/9/2018 at 7:35 AM

    Orange chicken thighs

  • ameliark  on  7/10/2018 at 11:24 PM

    I like the sound of Imperial rice with chicken (Arroz imperial con pollo)

  • Lmocooks  on  7/11/2018 at 8:35 AM

    Potatoes with cheese and Cuban oregano

  • lauriesk  on  7/11/2018 at 2:23 PM

    The first recipe I would try is the garlic chicken.

  • Ishtar  on  7/12/2018 at 4:45 AM

    Cuban turnovers

  • lisambb  on  7/14/2018 at 8:11 PM

    Ropa vieja

  • Whyvette  on  7/14/2018 at 9:25 PM

    Ropa vieja is one of my favorite dishes. Will enjoy making it.

  • Julia  on  7/14/2018 at 11:10 PM

    Black eye pea fritters and Tamale casserole.

  • irinastiles  on  7/14/2018 at 11:54 PM

    Ropa vieja

  • lgroom  on  7/15/2018 at 4:33 AM

    Ropa vieja

  • Curlyfatkins  on  7/15/2018 at 6:59 AM

    Elbow macaroni with chicken (Coditos con pollo)

  • HomespunHouse  on  7/15/2018 at 9:26 PM

    Pumpkin fritters

  • hpadvantag  on  7/16/2018 at 6:01 AM

    Fish stew recipe sounds good!

  • jennifersbrown  on  7/16/2018 at 9:47 AM

    Growing up in Miami, I used to love going to Versailles for the ropa vieja, so that's definitely what I would try making first.

  • PeavineBlues  on  7/16/2018 at 11:58 AM

    Pernil o pierna asada

  • tararr  on  7/17/2018 at 1:59 PM

    Goat in red sauce

  • Sfgordon  on  7/17/2018 at 2:54 PM

    arroz con platano maduro!

  • kennethjohngilmour  on  7/17/2018 at 8:47 PM

    Savory corn fritters (Frituras de maíz saladas)

  • Katiefayhutson  on  7/17/2018 at 10:32 PM

    Cuban paella

  • fbrunetti  on  7/18/2018 at 9:13 AM

    Fish and parsley croquettes

  • artthecat  on  7/18/2018 at 3:56 PM

    Savory corn fritters

  • circ2000  on  7/18/2018 at 6:44 PM

    Ropa vieja...

  • sequoia55  on  7/19/2018 at 3:02 AM

    Havana-style chicken stew.

  • mduncan  on  7/19/2018 at 5:37 PM

    Green split peas and vegetables

  • RNJessicaK  on  7/20/2018 at 5:23 AM

    Crab Empanadas & Cheese Fritters

  • jezpurr  on  7/21/2018 at 1:46 AM

    Pumpkin fritters!!!^_^

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  7/22/2018 at 7:10 AM

    Taro root and sesame fritters (Frituras de malanga y ajonjolí)

  • katehenderson  on  7/23/2018 at 3:34 AM

    Sweet Potato Gnocchi!

  • jd5761  on  7/25/2018 at 6:35 PM

    Savoury corn fritters for me

  • VeryVigario  on  7/25/2018 at 9:35 PM

    Cuban paella

  • lpatterson412  on  7/26/2018 at 10:03 AM

    Stuffed Crepes!!

  • starzine  on  7/31/2018 at 3:12 AM

    Corn arepas.

  • Sheli  on  8/1/2018 at 2:05 PM

    Ooh, I love Masas de cerdo fritas and I've never made it. That's first!

  • ixoye2u  on  8/1/2018 at 4:31 PM

    Ropa Vieja

  • beetangsurat  on  8/1/2018 at 5:37 PM

    I love taro so want to try making the taro root fritters.

  • ebs  on  8/1/2018 at 9:32 PM

    Pumpkin fritters

  • Coffeebean  on  8/3/2018 at 9:02 PM

    Cuban fried rice

  • t.t  on  8/4/2018 at 12:57 AM

    Fried green plantains (Tostones / Chatinos)

  • banba1  on  8/4/2018 at 6:39 PM

    I'd try the Drunken chicken thighs!

  • Radley  on  8/6/2018 at 4:56 AM

    Cheese fritters sounds yummi

  • mph993  on  8/10/2018 at 10:42 AM

    Yuca with Cuban carnitas (Tapas de manioca cubierta con carnitas Cubana) [Acela Matamoros Traba] - love bitter orange

  • rachael_mc  on  8/11/2018 at 10:39 AM

    Bread with suckling pig (Pan con lechón)

  • Steben  on  8/11/2018 at 6:41 PM

    Las Tunas-style stew (Caldosa Tunera)

  • orchidlady01  on  8/11/2018 at 9:58 PM

    Cuban paella (Paella a la Cubana)

  • mayastonecastle  on  8/12/2018 at 4:40 AM

    Cuban sandwich

  • kedmiston  on  8/12/2018 at 4:34 PM

    Tamale casserole.

  • auntietina  on  8/14/2018 at 2:12 AM

    Corn and cream cheese soup. It sounds so simple but I bet it's delicious.

  • NaomiH  on  8/15/2018 at 9:26 AM

    Corn stew with pork (Guiso de maíz con cerdo)

Post a comment

You may only comment on the blog if you are signed in. Sign In

Seen anything interesting? Let us know & we'll share it!