408 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 17 figs., 5 tables, notes, bibl., index, glossary
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-2997-1
Published: August 2016
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-0884-6
Published: October 2013
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Using a multidisciplinary approach and a sweeping array of sources, Ortíz asks whether Puerto Ricans really still are what they ate. Whether judging by a host of social and economic factors--or by the foods once eaten that have now disappeared--Ortíz concludes that the nature of daily life in Puerto Rico has experienced a sea change.
About the Author
Cruz Miguel Ortiz Cuadra is senior lecturer in the department of humanities at the University of Puerto Rico, Humacao, and author of Puerto Rico en la olla, among other books.
For more information about Cruz Miguel Ortíz Cuadra, visit the Author Page.
"[Ortiz Cuadra] is a man dedicated to understanding and exploring the precise spot where food and history intersect en la isla del encanto."--NBC Latino
"Charming and learned . . . [but] also bittersweet. . . . One ends up wondering whether, finally, the question has to be: 'Who really determines what choices are available?'"--Sidney W. Mintz, Gastronomica
"As much as Oriz Cuadra succeeds in demythologizing the basic staples of Puerto Rican cuuisine by explaining how rice, benas, cornmeal, codfish, beef, and pork arrived on the island and how they became as popular ad they did, he also skillfully deconstucts the category of "Puerto Rican" into multiple populations defined by gender, rural vs. urban, literacy and education levels, laboring class, immigrant or island-born, government vs. private sector, and colonizer or colonized, among others."--American Historical Review
"Cruz Miguel Ortiz Cuadra's innovative methodology relies on primary sources, such as menus at religious convents, hospitals, prisons, and public schools; home economics class records; and cookbooks. The book is an important contribution to the social and cultural history of the Caribbean and may also be fruitful as a primary source for studies of colonialism, Third World poverty, and underdevelopment."--The Historian
"Well translated. . . . Recommended. All levels/libraries."--Choice
“Innovative work on Puerto Rico. . . . A food-centered history.”--The Americas