Puerto Rican Cuisine in America: Nuyorican and Bodega Recipes

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Publisher: Perseus Publishing
Pub. Date: 03/10/2015
Edition description: Revised Edition
ISBN-13: 9780762456482
Pages: 336

The Overview:

Puerto Rican cuisine holds a unique place in the culinary world with its blend of Spanish, African, and Native Caribbean influences. In Puerto Rican Cuisine in America, Oswald Rivera shares over 250 family-favorite recipes that explore this one-of-a-kind style of Caribbean cooking. There is everything from hearty soup like Sancocho to savory delicacies such as Cabro Borracho (druken goat) and Camarones Guisados (stewed shrimp) to rich desserts like Flan de Calabaza (pumpkin flan). Plus, with a suggested wine pairing for every dish and 90 delicious drink recipes, readers can enjoy the perfect Puerto Rican meal.

Throughout the book, Oswald explores Puerto Rico’s unique history, its people’s migration to New York City, and his youth growing up in Harlem, as well as the growth of the Nuyorican culture in the United States. Refreshed with new illustrations throughout, this edition features a new preface by the author.


Editorial Reviews:

Library Journal wrote:

Rivera, a novelist and a Nuyorican (the term refers to a Puerto Rican raised or born in New York City), has compiled a wide-ranging collection of homestyle Puerto Rican recipes, both traditional dishes and those adapted or inspired by mainland cuisine. Many of them come from Rivera’s extended family, and his readable headnotes and introductions include lots of family anecdotes as well as background on Puerto Rican culture and cuisines. Thoughtful wine suggestions accompany most dishes. Recipes from Puerto Rico appear in general Caribbean cookbooks, but there are few titles on its cuisine alone. Recommended.

Readers reviews:

5 STARS : Puerto Rican Traditional Cooking at its best, excellent book

Posted June 27, 2004, 5:53 PM EST: I have thought many times of how I can pass down my traditional Puerto Rican recipes to my children but never had the time to sit and start writing them down. I have finally found the collection of treasured recipes that are easy to understand and its a no fail process. The recipes are prepared exactly the way I cook them myself, my mother and grandmother have for many years. Recipes are easy to understand and fix the results can be as fancy as you want to make them, overall you will have excellent results. The special comments come from the heart and are true every day life event, they were enjoyable since I have also experience them in the 60’s. My plan is to order several copies as christmas gifts, as we need to keep out tradition alive. The recipes are easy to follow and you will have sucess all the time.


5 STARS :Absolutely Unique

Posted April 25, 2004, 12:21 PM EST: I have had this book in my possession from the local library ‘on loan’ for 7 years. I promise to return it now that its been reprinted. This book has all the tips and excellent recipes you remember from your childhood, the stories and even the correct wine to serve with each dish. Mr. Rivera has done an excellent job of putting together a book you cannot part with if you love this cuisine. Even if you don’t know the glorious flavor of ‘la Isla’ this is a book worth taking a look at if you love to cook and ESPECIALLY IF YOU LOVE TO EAT! Thanks Oswald!



Posted July 30, 2003, 4:43 PM EST: This book is excellent. All of the recipes are easy to follow leading to delicious outcomes! Las comidas NuYoriquenas son muy deliciosas! Thank you Oswald!


5 STARS :The True Nuyorican Recipes

Posted December 30, 1999, 12:04 PM EST: This book is a blast from the past. As a former New Yorker I was excited with Mr.Rivera’s book. It has reminded me of all the great Puerto Rican dishes I eat with family and friends in New York. I now continue cooking those great Puerto Rican dishes and they have become a way of life. This book has help to restore all the receipts I had forgotten or lost.This is truly the orginal Nuyorican Cuisine.Take my word on it.