Louis Pérez, author of more than a dozen books on modern Cuba and Cuban-American relations, here turns his hand to the history of Cuban rice. Historians interested in Cuban agriculture have written abundantly and wonderfully on sugar and tobacco. They have shown much less interest in Cuban food and food production. Pérez emphasizes early on the importance of rice to Cuban meals and diets, and its centrality to Cuban food culture. He stresses the irony that while Cubans for two centuries have been great rice eaters, trailing only some Asian populations in per capita rice consumption, they have never been great rice producers. Although Cuban landscapes, especially in the westernmost third of the island, are suited to rice growing, at many points in their history Cubans have imported 90 percent or more of their rice. This mismatch between production and consumption is what Pérez wishes to explain, especially for the...
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Book Review| February 01 2023
Rice in the Time of Sugar: The Political Economy of Food in Cuba
Rice in the Time of Sugar: The Political Economy of Food in Cuba. By Louis A. Pérez Jr.
University of North Carolina Press,
2019. Photographs. Maps. Figures. Tables. Notes. Index. xiv,
249pp. Paper, $32.50.
J. R. McNeill
Hispanic American Historical Review (2023) 103 (1): 155–156.
J. R. McNeill; Rice in the Time of Sugar: The Political Economy of Food in Cuba. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 February 2023; 103 (1): 155–156. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-10216573
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