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The Pubbelly Boys’ Jose Mendin Along With Norwegian Cruise Line Release Food Republic by Jose Mendin

September 15, 2016 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Chef Jose Mendin, known for his cult-followed Pubbelly Restaurant Group concepts, announce today in partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line the release of a digital cookbook, Food Republic by Jose Mendin, available for download on iTunes.  Featuring 30 innovative dishes for the home cook, recipes are inspired by flavors that bring distant places to one’s kitchen.

“My food is both rich and worldly, in part inspired by cultural and culinary traditions,” says Mendin. “I want my food to act as an instrument to embracesocial interaction and not compromise the cherished time we get to spend with our loved ones.  As such, the recipes I’ve created foster this mantra – they are quick, easy and encourage conversation.”

This 47-page book figuratively and literally journeys through Mendin’s pantry, highlighting best-selling recipes from the many culinary concepts that Pubbelly Restaurant Group has created.  The book’s namesake, Food Republic, honors the restaurant group’s first at-sea-venture that set sail in November 2015.  Food Republic, aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Miami-based Norwegian Escape, is a modern, upscale small-plate concept featuring global cuisine for sampling and sharing.

International photographer, Juan Fernando Ayora captures full-page, breath-taking imagery of Mendin’s multi-ethnic recipes including tapas; dumplings; noodles, rice and soups; sushi, grilled items and desserts.  Among the 30 stand out dishes available, readers can expect to scoop the “know how” to create time-proven favorites like:

  • Pubbelly Dates with Chorizo
  • Hamachi Taquitos
  • Short Rib Dumplings
  • Kimchee Fried Rice
  • Butter Crab Roll

Mendin’s food pays deep respect to traditional Puerto Rican cuisine – he was born and took his first culinary steps on the island – while fusing Asian, Spanish, European and new American influences into his approach. He is considered a culinary ambassador of Miami with national acknowledgements from

Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Departures and Bloomberg News.  Mendin has been nominated for “Best Chef South” by the James Beard Foundation for five consecutive years.

Food Republic by Jose Mendin is Mendin’s first digital cookbook and can be downloaded here for $1.99.

The book has been edited and published by Colors & Flavors (

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