Coconuts and Collards: Recipes and Stories from Puerto Rico to the Deep South

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University Press of Florida
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7.1 X 0.7 X 9.4 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author

Von Diaz is a writer and radio producer based in New York. Her work has been featured on NPR, American Public Media, StoryCorps, WNYC, The Splendid Table, PRI's The World, The Kitchn, and BuzzFeed.


"Part cookbook, part memoir, [Coconuts and Collards] shares recipes from author Von Diaz's heritage, as well as memories of growing up in Puerto Rico and the American South."--New York Magazine "Put[s] a modern spin on Puerto Rican cooking theory. Diaz may not be a trained chef or have a direct connection to a restaurant, but she has the voice to bring American-Puerto Rican cookery, as it exists today, into a broader consciousness."--Eater "Coconuts and Collards is more than a cookbook, it is a memoir and also love letter to the place and people that have nurtured Díaz's palate and passion for life. It is a story of discovery and self realization that uplifts through food--both the familiar and creative re-imaginings of it."--Centro Voices, Hunter College, CUNY "Coconuts and Collards is about the complex blend of history and agriculture that have shaped the island's food and how Diaz found a way to blend two distinct cultures in a way that felt true to her own life."--Bon Appétit "Provocative. . . . The recipes aren't strictly Puerto Rican and they aren't strictly Southern--they're Diaz's own, based on her personal food history and her love of both cuisines."--Epicurious "It's too simple to call Diaz's dishes fusion food. What emerges through these recipes is something greater than the sum of [the book's] two cooking cultures--the mainland South and the United States' island South."--Garden & Gun