Sofrito

Sofrito In This Entertaining Debut Novel, Frank Delgado Tries To Save His Failing Restaurant By Returning To Cuba, His Dead Father S Homeland, To Get Ahold Of A Top Secret Chicken Recipe But There Is Than Delicious Chicken At Stake Here Food Is The Road Home Geographically, Emotionally, Metaphorically Peppered With Cooking Advice From Chefs, Ordinary Folks, And Celebrities Including Fidel Castro Himself An Advocate Of Pork , Phillipe Diederich S Sofrito Is A Love Letter To The Deepest Recesses Of Nostalgia S Heart Cristina Garcia, Author OfDreaming In CubanandKing Of Cuba Frank Delgado Is No Thief He Co Owns A Failing Cuban Restaurant In Manhattan S Upper East Side The Restaurant, Like Frank, Is Rudderless Lost He Decides He Ll Save The Restaurant By Traveling To Cuba To Steal The Legendary Chicken Recipe From The Famed El Ajillo Restaurant In Havana The Recipe Is A State Secret, So Prized That No Cook Knows The Whole Recipe But Frank S Rationale Is Ironclad Fidel Stole The Secret From His Family, So He Will Steal It Back He Will Triumphantly Bring That Recipe Back To Manhattan And Turn His Fortunes Around.Frank Has No Interest In Cuba His Parents Fled After The Revolution His Dead Father Spent His Life Erasing All Traces Of Cuba From His Heart With Barbeques, Television, Lawn Mowing And Alcohol So Frank Is Not Prepared For The Real Cuba Sure, He Gets Beat Up And Almost Killed, The Secret Service Threatens Him, But In The Midst Of The Chaos, He Falls In Love With A Prostitute And The City, And He Unwraps The Heroic Story Of His Parents Life Cuba Begins To Bind Frank Together, The Way A Good Sofrito Binds The Flavors Of A Cuban Dish.Phillippe Diederich Is A Haitian American Writer And Photojournalist Raised In Mexico City And Miami, Florida The Dictator Papa Doc Kicked His Parents Out Of Haiti In The 1960s Phillippe Grew Up Listening To Stories Of Nostalgia, Revolution, And Exile His Friends Were The Sons And Daughters Of Parents Who Had Fled Oppressive Regimes Throughout Latin America. I read the advance review copy of this book, and find it and entertaining and fun read I recommend it to foodies, to travelers, biculturals, multiculturals, lovers of Cuba Full disclosure, the author is my husband but I try really hard to be as objective as possible
Sofrito tells the story of Frank Delgado, a Cuban American who travels to Havana in search of a secret chicken recipe he hopes will save his failing restaurant in New York City The recipe was created by one of his relatives before the revolution The recipe is now owned by a Cuban restaurant run by the government of Cuba Two chefs at the restaurant know only half of the recipe He meets beautiful Marisol in Cuba Does he make it back to New York with the recipe Does he make it back with Mar Sofrito tells the story of Frank Delgado, a Cuban American who travels to Havana in sear
Phillippe and I went to graduate school together for creative writing, and I got to see bits and pieces of SOFRITO in workshop I loved the parts I read, but nothing beats being able to read the finished book AND IT IS FANTASTIC This is a novel about the power and nostalgia that food brings to our lives At the center is the mouth watering chicken recipe that could save Frank and his family from having to shut down their restaurant, but Frank must travel to Cuba to steal the recipe a dangero Phillippe and I went to graduate school together for creative writing, and I got to see bits and pieces of SOFRITO in workshop I loved the parts I read, but nothing beats being able to read the finished book AND IT IS FANTASTIC This is a novel about the power and nostalgia that food brings to our lives At the center is the mouth watering chicken recipe that could save Frank and his family from having to shut down their restaurant, but Frank must travel to Cuba to steal the recipe a dangerous task since the recipe is considered government property The danger Frank encounters once he gets to Cuba left me breathless, but it was tempered with surprising friendships, family secrets un
I love this novel It s like getting right into the heart of Cuba in a mistery that grabs you from the start This book is a MUST For those who love mistery, food, a good read Go for it Get lost in it and forget the world around you. Following Frank Delgado on his journey to find a secret chicken recipe is an enjoyable mad caper The absurdity of his mission is fun and entertaining It will leave you craving spicy chicken. I have been fascinated with Cuba since college, back in the 70 s I would read about it here and there but since we spend a week there I am fanatical about reading everything I can get my hands on.What I really liked about this book were the sights, smells and sounds of Havana I liked picturing where they were.I also adored that Cuba was presented as the new old, loved hated and Communist Yearning to befree country that it has evolved into.I was able to have the suspension of disbelief th I have been fascinated with Cuba since college, back in the 70 s I would read about it here and there but since we spend a week there I am fanatical about reading everything I can get my hands on.What I really liked about this book were the sights, smells and sounds of Havana I liked picturing where they were.I also adored that Cuba was presented as the new old, loved hated and Communist Yearning to befree country that it has evolved into.I was able to have the suspension of disbelief that all the intrigue was about a recipe, a recipe so evocative it can save a business or even a life The ending was what really sold this metaphor to me.My issues with the book were lov
I made the mistake of reading another reader s review before I was finished and it totally tainted this book for me That reviewer described Sofrito as Pretty Woman mixed with Chef and some Cuban politics, which is EXACTLY what it is I found Frank and Marisol s relationship unrealistic and rushed I don t know if anyone can fall in love with someone in two days , the characters were all very similar the word co o was used SO OFTEN in the dialogue, it was driving me batty A high point was I made the mistake of reading another reader s review before I was finished and it totally tainted this book for me That reviewer described Sofrito as Pret
My family left Cuba when I was 10 years old and because I don t have any relatives left in Cuba I have not been able to return I long to see the house and the neighborhood where we lived and where I went to school in Old Havana and this wonderful book took me there I m a foodie so this made this story evenappealing I was able to find a street map of Old Havana on the internet and I used it to follow Frank on his escapades thorough the old streets of this b
In the penultimate chapter of Sofrito, debut author Phillippe Diederich quotes Guillermo Cabrera Infante Cuba is all about food And food is nothingthan a metaphor for nostalgia Sofrito is a comic and bittersweet look at Frank Delgado, the son of Cuban exiles, who travels to Havana in search of a top secret r
I loved many parts of this book I loved how it made me hungry for good Cuban food I loved how it showed a different view of Cuba one where Castro is both loved hated simultaneously But woven in this fantastic story about a stolen recipe, and the attempts to retrieve it, is a really cheesy Pretty Woman type of story It s a shame, because the rest of the story rocked Th

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  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Sofrito
  • Phillippe Diederich
  • 19 December 2018
  • 1941026141