"The foremost authority on Puerto Rican cooking is a silver haired, stylish, and warmly hospitable woman named Carmen Aboy Valldejuli . . . [her books] are considered today to be the definitive books on island cooking"
Craig Claiborne, The New York Times
"Its recipes are authentic, well tested, and exactly written."
Cecily Brownstone, Food Editor, Associated Press
Puerto Rican Cookery, now in its twenty-third printing with 130,000 in print, has become the standard reference on traditional native cookery (cocina criolla). According to the San Juan Star, "the cookbook is seen and is more likely better read in some homes than the religious tome. . . . [it] is considered a primer for beginning cooks . . . a textbook for home economists and it is a guide for the gourmet as well."
The recipes in this book are as bewitching as an off-shore breeze, plumbing the mysteries of native dishes in accurate and easy-to-follow details that assure the success of every recipe-whether it is for Pickled Chicken or Sweet Potato Pudding. In Puerto Rican Cookery, Mrs. Valldejuli traces the development of traditional native cookery and reveals secrets of the essence of Puerto Rican cookery-keymark to fabulous island delicacies. Native Taino petroglyphs illustrate this handsome book.
The author expresses her hopes that, eventually, all readers may wend their way to Puerto Rico to sample these delicacies in the land of their origin. But, in the meantime, she is certain that the recipes in Puerto Rican Cookery will bring the flavor of the islands to your own table. Pelican also publishes the Spanish version of this book, Cocina Criolla, as well as the Spanish cookbook classic, Juntos en la Cocina , written by Carmen Aboy Valldejuli and her husband, Luis F. Valldejuli.