Clarita’s Cocina Cuban Cookbook by Clarita Garcia

About two weeks ago I posted about our experience at Gordo’s Cuban restaurant, the mouth-watering food they serve and thus, my desire to crack the neglected Cuban cookbook Clarita’s Cocina.

The instructions are very easy to follow and one of the things I love about this book (besides the great recipes) are the stories Clarita shares. Very down-to-earth explanations and suggestions by the author. If you are looking for a cookbook with good Cuban cuisine, grab a copy of Clarita’s Cocina. Let me tempt you – included are recipes for Picadillo, Empanadas, Black beans, Seafood Casserole, Crab Meat Croquettes, Ropa Vieja and Arroz con Pollo.

Ours is a household where soups and stews are always welcome, no matter the weather.

My version of her Pollo Estofado (Spanish Stew) may be found HERE but in this post I must highlight the Arroz con Pollo.

The prep isn’t too laborious, it’s just a few steps with lots of ingredients….stirring, simmering, sipping some wine after you have added a cup of white wine into this sumptuous mixture… If you have the desire to peruse a good cookbook specializing in Cuban cuisine, pick up a copy of this book. You won’t be sorry.

I am linking up to Beth Fish Readsfor her Weekend Cooking series. This a chance to share the food love.


11 thoughts on “Clarita’s Cocina Cuban Cookbook by Clarita Garcia

  1. We love Cuban food, so I’ll be looking for this cookbook. And I especially like cookbooks that are a good to read as to cook from. Finally, I’m with you: We could have soup or stew pretty much every night. Yummm.


  2. Compliments to you; Clarita’s Cocina is considered the “Bible” of Cuban/Spanish Cookbooks here in Tampa, Florida. Most native Tampanian homes own this book and religiously use it. The author was the owner of the renowned Las Novedades Restaurant in nearby Ybor City and comes from generations of Spanish Chefs who cooked for the Spanish Royalty at one time. Her recipes are truly Authentic; when I use them it smells like my Grandmother’s kitchen, while growing up in West Tampa. To all who purchase this book, you will truly enjoys its treasures.


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