Venezuelan Cuisine: Background information when reading It Would Be Night in Caracas

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It Would Be Night in Caracas

by Karina Sainz Borgo

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Venezuelan Cuisine

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Pabellón Criollo In the novel It Would Be Night in Caracas, protagonist Adelaida endures food scarcity in Venezuela's capital city, Caracas, while recalling favorite foods from happier times. Venezuela—situated along the Caribbean Sea in South America —is home to a vibrant blend of culinary traditions. The country's cuisine has European, African, and indigenous influences that make it irresistible. As with much of Latin America, maize (corn) is a staple of the country. Other popular local crops include plantains, coconut, avocado, mango, guava, citrus, and passion fruit. A few of the nation's most prominent ingredients and dishes include the following:

  • Pabellón Criollo: This combination plate includes black beans, shredded meat, white rice and fried plantains. It is considered to be the national dish of Venezuela, and it is easy to vary; some cooks also include cheese, avocado, egg and/or vegetables. Some say that the plate's colorful arrangement of food symbolizes the nation's ...

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