Marilyn Marrero, of Cary, recently published “Just Like Mima’s,” which recounts eight decades of her maternal grandmother's journey through life’s joys and hardships, along with 50 authentic Cuban recipes from her kitchen. Marrero, the first Cuban-American in her family, has been greatly influenced by her grandmother and their large, affectionate, good-food loving "Familion." (p. 79)
The Inspiration Behind Timeless Cuban Food Recipes
Story by Shirley Grinstein, Calle Ocho News (12.22.20)
With so many delicious Cuban foods, it is no wonder that there is a story behind all Cuban food recipes. Marilyn Marrero shares some of the family and cultural history that is responsible for the delightful dishes in her recently published cookbook.
Just Like Mima’s was recently released and has quickly become Amazon’s number one new release in Caribbean & West Indian cooking & wine category. In the distinguished cookbook, Marrero not only included 50 authentic Cuban recipes but also recounted the life of her maternal grandmother…
“It is a wonderful read and you truly captured much of the ‘Cuban experience’ so many of our ancestors lived. It is also with every paragraph filled with so much love. You were able to allow the reader to feel it with every passage. Kudos to you and thank you for sharing your Mima with all of us!"
Beatris Argüelles (Davie, FL)
“I loved reading about Mima and her journey from Cuba to the US and especially about all the ways she loved on her huge family. It’s amazing to see how one person can make an impact on so many lives. I made the chicken noodle soup and it was delicious. 100% recommend!”
Melissa Cedeno (Cutler Bay, FL)
“Just want to let you know that I got the book today. I am only on page 16, and can’t stop crying tears of joy. I am certainly sure that those that have not met Mima will end up loving her as much as you guys do and as much as I love and admire her. Well done.”
Marirka Maldonado (Estero, FL)
“It gave me a greater perspective for what it was like for someone that grew up in Cuba and tried to take care of her family when life was not as easy. The amount of risks and rewards that came through years of faithfulness and love are sometimes not remembered by those that didn't experience it so I greatly appreciated this reminder. Even more, the focus was on the fact that a beautiful family was the reward. The pictures, stories, and quotes from family are what make this so much more than expected. I recommend to anyone that is looking to just hear someone else's life story and remember how to find joy in the things that are not material. And of course... anyone looking for great recipes!”