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    Puerto Rico Puerto Rico is a self-governing unincorporated territory of the United States of America. It is an island archipelago, consisting of the main island of Puerto Rico, as well as several smaller islands and keys, and is located in the Caribbean Sea, to the East of the Dominican Republic, and to the West of the Virgin Islands.

    The first people to reach Puerto Rico are believed to have reached the island around 2000 BCE. The details of early settlement are obscure, since the native peoples were later almost entirely wiped out during the early Spanish period.

    The Spanish period began in 1493 with the arrival of Christopher Columbus, on his second voyage - by 1508, the Spanish had appointed their first governor (Juan Ponce de León). For almost four hundred years, despite attacks by Britain, France, and the Netherlands, and several revolts, Puerto Rico remained a Spanish colony.

    In 1898, during the Spanish-American war, US forces invaded Puerto Rico, and a result of that, and the subsequent Treaty of Paris which ended the war, Puerto Rico has been a US territory ever since.

    Puerto Rican cuisine has developed an interesting cuisine, derived from many diverse sources, in part as a result of a combination of these historical influences, as well as of course exploiting local ingredients. Some dishes are derived from the original Amerindian inhabitants of the island, there are also many dishes influenced by Spanish cuisine, and of course, US cuisine has also left its mark.

    Some popular Puerto Rican dishes include:
    • Albondigón - Puerto Rican meatloaf.

    • Alcapurrias - Dough is made from green bananas and taro root, stuffed with meat or crab, and then fried.

    • Arroz con gandules - Rice with pigeon-peas, flavored with sofrito (a thick cooked sauce, inspired by Spanish cuisine), and served with smoked ham.

      Arroz con gandules

    • Arroz con pollo - Rice and chicken.

    • Carne Guisada - Beef stew.

    • Cuajitos en salsa - Pork belly in a hot sauce.

    • Jibarito - Meat, cheese, salad and mayonnaise served between slices of fried plantain (a plantain sandwich). It is often served with Spanish rice, and is very popular among Puerto Ricans living in the mainland United States.


    • Morcilla - Spicy sausages.

    • Mofongo - Green plantains or yuca fried in olive oil with garlic and pork cracklings. It is served mashed with chicken soup or meat.

    • Pollo frito - The Puerto Rican version of fried chicken.

    • Taquitos - A stuffed tortilla, deep-fried. Similar to Mexican cuisine's chimichanga.

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    Puerto Rican Cookery

    By Carmen Aboy Valldejuli

    Carmen Aboy Valldejull
    Released: 1983-03-31
    Hardcover (408 pages)

    Puerto Rican Cookery
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    • Puerto Rican Cookery
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    Puerto Rican Cookery has become the standard reference on traditional native cookery (cocina criolla). According to the San Juan Star, "the cookbook is seen and is more likely better read in some homes than the religious tome. . . . [it] is considered a primer for beginning cooks . . . a textbook for home economists and it is a guide for the gourmet as well."

    Puerto Rico (Now You're Cooking)

    By Amie Jane Leavitt

    Purple Toad Publishing
    Hardcover (48 pages)

    Puerto Rico (Now You re Cooking)
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    Product Description:
    Puerto Rico is a land of lush green mountains, colorful flowers, white sand beaches, and an aqua blue tropical ocean. Along with its incredible beauty, it's also a land of fresh and flavorful cuisine. Take a culinary tour of this Caribbean paradise by making the recipes in this book. You can taste some of the island's favorites for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert. Along the way, you'll learn a little about Puerto Rico's history, culture, and people. Hop inside and let's get cooking!

    Puerto Rico: Grand Cuisine of the Caribbean

    By Jose Luis Diaz de Villegas

    La Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico
    Hardcover (292 pages)

    Puerto Rico: Grand Cuisine of the Caribbean
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    • Product Details: Hardcover: 292 pages
    • Language: English
    • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 10.3 x 0.9 inches, Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
    Product Description:
    Throughout five centuries, Puerto Rico has developed an internationally renowned cuisine, which incorporates Caribbean ingredients and a long tradition of culinary culture. In this book, the profiles and recipes of nine great chefs demonstrate human and professional aspects of their careers, and how by their efforts-and that of many of their colleagues-Puerto Rico has turned into the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean.

    Cocina criolla

    By Carmen Valldejuli

    Pelican Publishing
    Released: 1983-03-31
    Hardcover (469 pages)

    Cocina criolla
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    "The foremost authority on Puerto Rican cooking is a silver haired, stylish, and warmly hospitable woman named Carmen Aboy Valldejuli . . . [her books] are considered today to be the definitive books on island cooking."
    -New York Times

    Written entirely in Spanish, Cocina Criolla, the standard reference work on traditional Puerto Rican cooking, is in its 68th priniting and has special appeal to those who enjoy the island's cuisine.

    In addition to offering hundreds of delicious recipes, Cocina Criolla includes advice for the inexperienced cook that ranges from suggestions about the most efficient way to read a recipe to suggestions about what kitchen equipment every cook should have.

    Cocina Criolla no puede compararse con la generalidad de los libros de cocina. En muchos puntos difiere grandemente de �stos. Pero por su encaje perfecto en la necesidad actual de literatura culinaria pr�ctica y �til y por la forma detallada y caracter�stica de sus rectas es, de por s�, �nico en su clase.

    Cocina Criolla solucionar� muchas problemas dom�sticos y por lo tanto, est� llamad a ser un libro indespensable en el hogar.

    The English edition of this book, Puerto Rican Cookery, is in its 36th printing with more than 167,000 copies in print and is also available from Pelican.

    The Tropical Kitchen: Puerto Rican Cookbook for Cooking with Classic Flavors of Puerto Rico

    By Martha Stone

    Released: 2017-10-14
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    The Tropical Kitchen: Puerto Rican Cookbook for Cooking with Classic Flavors of Puerto Rico
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    If you have always wanted to learn how to make authentic Puerto Rican dishes from the comfort of your own home, then this is the perfect book for you.

    Inside of this Puerto Rican cookbook, you will learn how to make authentic Puerto Rican dishes that are packed with all of the classic flavors of the tropics. You will learn how to make dishes such as:

    • Carne Guisado
    • Beef Empanadas
    • Traditional Puerto Rican Rice and Beans
    • Mofongo
    • Three Meat Sancocho
    • Puerto Rican Pernil
    • Tostones
    • Crema de Farina
    • Traditional Puerto Rican Flan
    • Pollo Fricassee
    • Chicharrones de Pollo
    • Puerto Rican Potato Salad

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