Cuban Food Stories

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Diverse cuisine is rarely counted among the cultural phenomena for which Cuba is celebrated; popular notions of Cuba as a placed defined by deprivation doesn't help. A richly comprehensive remedy for this misconception, Cuban Food Stories visits every province in the country to sample a culinary legacy grounded in so much more than rice and beans. Paragons of Cuba's characteristic adaptability and creativity, the film's subjects--which include an artist turned restaurateur and nuclear physicist turned fisherman--create mouth-watering meals with ingredients such as coconut milk, cacao, lobster and river shrimp. Until now devoid of franchises and the fraught agricultural practices that often come with a place at the global economic table, Cuba is undergoing a period of sweeping change, making the preservation of its culinary heritage a priority--and making Cuban Food Stories a must-see.

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  • Eye-opening in every way, especially for those who may think that Cuban food is just rice and beans, the film makes extensive use of Soto's engaging voiceover narration.

    Feb 26, 2018 | Full Review…

    Alissa Simon

    Variety
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  • Don't pay attention to the "rottens". This a glorious film that is in the spirit of Anthony Bourdain but much more centered on the lived experience of ordinary Cubans. A true delight.

    Feb 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Cuban Food Stories is about as ambitious as a film with such a banal title would suggest.

    Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Cuban Food Stories is a gorgeous love letter to the people and country of Cuba...a real triumph overall.

    May 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's hard not to feel that something is lacking, that some throughline is missing, that the key narrative entree was lost amid the vibrant but not-quite-filling courses.

    Feb 22, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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