By Eduardo Machado
From Publishers Weekly
In this memoir, playwright and professor Machado (Kissing Fidel) tells the tale of his family's get away from Cuba and their assimilation into the U.S. even if his story contains a prevalent triumph-over-adversity storyline, it distinguishes itself in descriptions of Cuban food, entire with recipes. Recalling a hasty dinner of swordfish escabeche loved in the course of the Revolution, he writes, "Something approximately taking a look down at a golden slab, slicing into the thick flesh... made the meal consider like a luxury." to raised percentage the tastes of domestic, the writer studs the publication with recipes for favorites like Roast beef, heady with garlic and citrus, and Biztec Empanizado, a tropical country-fried steak that's unusually mild. notwithstanding the bright nutrition writing captivates, the memoir can drag in lengthy reporterly passages, and rankles with a couple of too many glib tests: "The surprise of dad's departure was once that it replaced how we understood the very idea of family." however, the luxuriant descriptions of family members nutrition, and the most obvious pleasure Machado takes in recounting them, make this memoir a delectable learn.
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Tastes Like Cuba: An Exile's Hunger for Home by Eduardo Machado