Historical and Contemporary Aspects of Food and Culture in America and the Influence of Cuban Cuisine
Cuba is a large island located west of Haiti and the …show more content…
Cuban culture is a mix of various influences drawn from the different races and sub-cultures present in Cuban society. It exists within the borders of the Cuban republic and abroad. Cubans have made great contribution in Music, the arts, literature as well as athletics (Luis, 2001).
Cuban cuisine fuses Spanish, African, and Caribbean influences to create recipes unique to this tropical Caribbean country. Cubans use fresh ingredients with the exception of dried spices, and the food includes meat, sauces, coffee, desserts, rice, and vegetables. Olive oil is widely used in cooking, and all items of food are brought to the table at the same time, unlike in other cultures. Dessert is however served later. Cubans use healthy cooking methods and rarely is food deep fried. Fresh meats are cooked for a long time over low flames, especially in traditional Cuban homes where firewood is still used to prepare meals. In modern kitchen settings, Cuban chefs prefer to use low heat to cook meats.
Typical Cuban meals consist of rice and beans, pork or beef meat, a ‘Vianda’, which refers to starchy foods such as potatoes, plantains, or corn, and a salad, usually consisting of tomatoes,