Nitza Villapol Andiarena (November 20, – September 20, ) was a chef, teacher, cookbook writer, and television host in Cuba. She has been called. Este libro tan amado por tantos antilde;os por todos los amantes de la cocina y de Cuba. Platos deliciosos y auteacute;nticos.p English Translation#58; Cocina. La labor de Nitza Villapol fue más allá de la simple recopilación y La autora de Cocina al minuto, su libro más emblemático y difundido, enfrentó la cocina.

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Nitza Villapol Andiarena November 20, — September 20, was libto chef, teacher, cookbook writer, and television host in Cuba. She has been called, by some, the Cuban Julia Child for her ability to communicate culinary arts to a popular audience. Born in New York to Cuban immigrants, Villapol lived there until the age of 11, after the collapse of the Machado regime. From to she had her own cooking show on Cuban television, one of the longest-running shows in television Cuban history.

NITZA VILLAPOL, ‘cooking in a minute’. (Photos) ** “LA COCINA AL MINUTO” de Nitza Villapol.

During Cuba’s “Special Period” of the early s, she managed to demonstrate on her show how to prepare traditional Cuban recipes under the difficult circumstances of rationing, poverty and shortages. She died in in HavanaCuba. Villapol’s cooking style can be traced back to her mother, Juana Andiarena, a woman described as a feminist who believed that a woman should not spend more time than necessary in the kitchen.

This explains her practical and quick approach to cooking. Also, Villapol’s cooking show was only sponsored by the Cuban government after the Revolution, which means she nitz scarce food products to work with, just like most Cubans at the time.


Villapol published a second version of Cocina al Minuto to help teach her readers how to make do with the scarce availability of food in the market. In general, her intza in culinary was for educational purposes, in order to pass on important information about cooking to the Cuban population and help improve their health.

In the edition of her cookbook, Villapol includes many nutritional guidelines and frames her meal plans around the dietary recommendation [1]. The earlier version of Villapol’s cookbook is shorter than that of her later edition, and filled with jocose illustrations at the beginning of every chapter. One of the main differences between the two editions is the use of advertisements.

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In the version, the cookbook has many one-page ads for products varying from food, alcohol, appliances, and beauty products. The libo is also evident in the recipes, where Villapol cites specific brand names. Cocina mitza Minuto also has a section for tips, where Villapol includes an explanation of the “Basic 7” food group wheel and its inclusion in her recipes. There is also a large emphasis on cocktails and parties.

The cookbook begins with Rice and Pasta, and continues to animal proteins. There is quite a European influence on the recipes, such as Lobster in Chocolate Sauce.

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One of the main distinctions between the two cookbooks is the lack of advertisements in the publishing of Villapol’s cookbook. In this later edition, Villapol also switches from the Basic 7 food wheel to three main food categories. She divides food into Energy, Constructive and Reparative, and Regulatory.

This cookbook is representative of a post-Revolution time where food products were scarce. Instead of beginning with a typical introduction on cooking, the themes found revolve around the politics of the time, and how those are influencing the current food situation.


Villapol cites the American “imperialism” and “criminal Yaqui blockade” as most influential in the eating habits of Cubans. She attacks American influence on Cuban cuisine on its heavy reliance on lard for cooking, and libroo for change. Vlllapol later version is a proof of food scarcity in post-Revolution time, as the author includes various teachings on the best ways to store food and to use kitchen appliances in order to avoid food waste.

The recipes are more modest than those of the earlier version, as ingredients shift from villlapol to corn and cheap meats like Spam. There are more explanations on how to create a recipe depending on what ingredients you have at home.

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The recipes focus on making traditional Cuban cuisine more healthy. Food, Culture, and Society 17 3: Trading with the Enemy: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Nitza Carmen Marie Villapol Andirarena. New York CityUnited States.

Food Culture and Society. Retrieved from ” https: Views Read Edit View history. This page was last edited on 3 Julyat By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Cuban also American by birth. Frank Villapol father Juana Andiarena mother.