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By Eduardo Machado

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In this memoir, playwright and professor Machado (Kissing Fidel) tells the tale of his family's break out from Cuba and their assimilation into the U.S. even if his story incorporates a regularly occurring triumph-over-adversity storyline, it distinguishes itself in descriptions of Cuban cuisine, entire with recipes. Recalling a hasty dinner of swordfish escabeche loved in the middle of the Revolution, he writes, "Something approximately having a look down at a golden slab, slicing into the thick flesh... made the meal believe like a luxury." to higher proportion the tastes of domestic, the writer studs the ebook with recipes for favorites like Roast beef, heady with garlic and citrus, and Biztec Empanizado, a tropical country-fried steak that's strangely mild. even though the bright nutrition writing captivates, the memoir can drag in lengthy reporterly passages, and rankles with a number of too many glib checks: "The surprise of dad's departure used to be that it replaced how we understood the very proposal 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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