The Cuban Table: A Celebration of Food, Flavors and History


On a whim, Ellen Silverman went to Cuba for a photography workshop…and fell in love with the culture rich with Pre-Columbian, Spanish, Caribbean, African even Chinese and French influences, and the generous people she met. That first trip catalyzed many returns to Cuba and a body of photographs of Cuban kitchens: spare, dazzlingly-makeshift spaces where great cooks improvised with the limited ingredients available. They gave her the idea to create a cookbook that would truly showcase the Cuban spirit and culture as expressed through its food.

Ellen formed a collaboration with Cuban-American Ana Sofia Peláez, writer of the popular food blog Hungry Sofia, and together they created the very beautiful The Cuban Table: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History. It is a rich and many-layered book —about culture, vitality, self-discovery, history, inventiveness, tradition, AND cooking — one of those cookbooks you want to read in bed, as Ellen’s images and Pelaez’s writing transport you to Cuba both present and past.



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