The essential guide to Havana’s vibrant, resurgent dining scene
Havana surprises, entices, and beguiles at every corner, with a culinary scene to match, and a cuisine that once again is being influenced by the world while reinforcing its Spanish and Creole traditions. Thriving bars and contemporary eateries now sit side- by- side with traditional paladares and exceptional street vendors selling Caribbean staples. But how is a visitor to know where to find the best authentic dishes?
Chef Fernando Saralegui is your guide. Born in Cuba, he returned to the island in 2013 and has been a frequent visitor ever since in his mission to celebrate his country’s food, people, and culture. Best Eats Havana combines restaurant reviews, essays on Cuban food, and snapshots of the culinary scene in this time of great change for the country, along with a handful of recipes from the classics (lechon asado, ropa vieja) to the cutting edge of contemporary cuisine. With a record- breaking five million tourists visiting Cuba in 2017 and few food- specific guides out there, this will be an indispensable companion for both first- time visitors and seasoned travelers alike.
"What an important book for the world to have right now. More than just a practical travel guide and cookbook, this is an evocative and joyful walk through the rich culture of Cuba. It’s also full of hearty, vibrant recipes that celebrate the country’s local seasonal ingredients. By sharing the traditions and flavors of Havana with us, Fernando is helping us to see our shared story, our common humanity—and how we can come together at the table to build a sustainable future." — Alice Waters, executive chef, founder, and owner of Chez Panisse