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Tastes Like Cuba: An Exiles Hunger for Home by Eduardo Machado, Michael Domitrovich 1592403212 9781592403219
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Tastes Like Cuba: An Exiles Hunger for Home by Eduardo Machado, Michael Domitrovich

Tastes Like Cubais the moving account of an exile searching for the identity hes lost and becoming someone else in the process.. An internationally acclaimed playwright, Eduardo Machado has grappled with questions of identity, loss and resistance throughout his life and work. He has?ore than any other playwright?een able to convey the experiences of both the Cubans who chose to stay in Cuba and those who chose to leave. His fearless style and unabashed politicism in the face of dissent have made him a controversial figure to the Cubans and Americans on opposite sides of an intense conflict. In his memories and in his more recent travels to Cuba, he has found that the most natural means of connecting with today? Cuban experience is through food. Machado says, ?hen I taste something I haven? tasted in twenty years, I can? resist that connection to the past, to the conflict, to the identity that is mine. I know the feeling as I taste the flavor. There are no arguments, no political controversies, just the real sensation. If it? that complex, it must be Cuban.? To any exile, food represents not only the lost comfort of home, but the best chance to reclaim it. The stories of Machado? life?rom child of privilege in pre-Revolutionary Cuba; to exile in Los Angeles; to actor, director, playwright and professor in New York?re interleaved with recipes for the meals that have enriched him. Every recipe has been updated for the modern home cook, enabling us to recreate the flavors of traditional Cuban dishes such as Machado? favorite roast pork and his grandfather? arroz con pollo, as well as the ?uisine? of necessity he encountered in 1960? suburban America: Velveeta, SPAM, and other processed wonders. What emerges is a larger picture of what it means to be a Latino in America today. For anyone who has ever longed for a home, real or imagined, Tastes Like Cubadelivers a fascinating story of two worlds?nd one delectable life.|Eduardo Machado is the visiting arts professor in the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at New York University.|Eduardo Machados and Michael Domitrovich?, touching, evocative, memoir not only makes the mouth water with its deliciously, descriptive accounts of Cuban Cuisine, but fills the tear ducts with longing for a culture and a people denied us for half a century by the regretful policies of the U. S, Government. ?d Harris and Amy Madigan This book is a feast for the senses and the soul. We bask in the earthly paradise of a boy? Cuban childhood, and when he is sent to the U.S. at age 8, we suffer. From then on we?e in thrall to the drama, (painful, funny, bitter, sweet), of his search for a new life. What better metaphor than food? We all crave recipes for survival. We hunt down the ingredients that will nourish our hopes and memories. Machado has filled his book with richly drawn characters. The richest of them of all may be that neighbor whose complexities we have refused to accept or understand for so long: Cuba. ?argo Jefferson, Critic and Pulitzer Prize winner Extraordinary, moving, a great read whether you come from Cuba or Greece. ?lympia Dukakis As I have regrettably never traveled to my fathers birthplace, Eduardos vivid memories and specific writers eye details made his life come alive for me. Maybe its genetic. Because I share his love of family and the preparation of their meals that is so important in a Cuban household. ?ucie Arnaz|Extraordinary, moving, a great read whether you come from Cuba or Greece. ?lympia Dukakis As I have regrettably never traveled to my fathers birthplace, Eduardos vivid memories and specific writers eye details made his life come alive for me. Maybe its genetic. Because I share his love of family and the preparation of their meals that is so important in a Cuban household. ?ucie Arnaz|Extraordinary, moving, a great read whether you come from Cuba or Greece. ?lympia Dukakis

Author: Eduardo Machado, Michael Domitrovich

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 368

Publisher: Gotham

Publication Date: 2007-10-18

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