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Pressure Cooking Ropa Vieja and Chipotle Carnitas Tacos on TODAY with Tyson Beckford

I love my Cuban culture and most of what it comes with so much that any chance I get to share it with friends, colleagues and new readers and viewers, I hop on it. Surely, what fuels my passion for celebrating our tradiciones is our food. I always say that you can get to know a culture and its people quite intimately through their foodways. That idea spans across the world and applies to just about any culture. So then, how lucky am I that I got to share one of my favorite Cuban dishes ever — ropa vieja made in the pressure cooker (electric) — and specifically the recipe from my cookbook Modern Pressure Cooking, on the TODAY show.  And to boot, or rather, slather that perfect buttercream icing on the cake, supermodel Tyson Beckford joined me in TODAY’s kitchen, led by co-host of TODAY’s Take, Sheinelle Jones.

And, oh joy, did we have fun; really because when Tyson and you season the flank steak a lasalt bae“, life is good!

Enjoy also the super yummy chipotle carnitas tacos (recipe also in my cookbook!) we made, which Dylan came back to join us for.  And even tho, Tyson nor I eat pork, much merriment ensued as we declared that #TacoTuesday is a very real thing on Monday!


“Modern Pressure Cooking” (Page Street Publishing, Dec. 2016) is now in bookstores and is available online at Amazon, BandN.com and other retailers. $24.99 hardcover; $9.99 Kindle. Scoop it up now!

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2,213 thoughts on “Pressure Cooking Ropa Vieja and Chipotle Carnitas Tacos on TODAY with Tyson Beckford

  1. Love ❤️ this segment and post so much. What a sexy introduction of your new cookbook on the Today show! OverJoyed for you!! The food looked fabulous. Loved that skirt too!

  2. SO SO good! I passed this on to all of my coworkers and they were immediately rushing out the door for lunch! Food and presentation looked amazing as usual Bren. My man Tyson was LOVING it too, you can tell when the guest is all excited about the food that it is delicious. Congrats!

  3. Sooo happy for you, Bren! This segment is super great. You are beaming and so is Tyson. I ordered your book on Amazon as well. Love it all

  4. I bought an electric pressure cooker and have spent all my time on Pinterest looking for recipes…this is the first cookbook I’ve wanted to purchase for my cooker. Born and raised in Tampa, FL, need I say more?!!!! Going to Amazon.com immediately! Congrats and the best to you.

  5. Hi Diane,

    This is exciting! Love that you came across my cookbook and website, especially since I already know what you experienced growing up in Tampa! You might enjoy that I’ve done a few live cooking segments on ABC there, sometimes cooking up some Cuban food 🙂 I hope you enjoy my book. Thanks again!

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