By Ana Quincoces Rodriguez; Running Press, $29.95
Might Cuban be the next ethnic cuisine to take off in the U.S.? It's got a shot; so many people have tried and enjoyed a Cuban sandwich that they'll likely be willing to sample other Cuban-tinged dishes. Which ones might find a place on your restaurant? That's where Rodriguez can help. She offers feisty versions of Cuban classics, a few of which you could easily plug right into your menu, particularly in the summer months. No, you won't find cutting-edge items from hot new chefs here. But Rodriguez does an admirable job on the basics. And her beverage section is a highlight, offering plenty of new options for your bar. Try the Whammy cocktail out on your mojito drinkers. They'll be instant converts.